Millwall boss Harris on Bolton Wanderers and the long gap before the next international break

BY RICHARD CAWLEY

Millwall play 21 matches before the next international break – and that suits manager Neil Harris down to the ground.

The Lions resume Championship action at home to Bolton Wanderers on Saturday.

And the next rest period for some of the squad will be in mid-March when international games resume.

“It is a great period for the players who go away and also for the players who have got little knocks – you can give them a few days in the physio room,” said Harris. 

“But for me, I just want to play regular games. Continuity is key. No international break until March suits us perfectly.

“We have got over the disappointment of the Norwich game and had some good study periods with the players, some video work and information in the classroom but also on the training pitch.

“It is about the players realising where we can improve and where they can help each other.

“It’s important for us to be back at The Den. It doesn’t seem like we have had a game there for a long time, since we beat Ipswich.

“Bolton started the season really well and found themselves in the top six after five or six games, then they’ve had a slightly more disappointing run of results.

“But what you get with a Phil Parkinson side is a work ethic and determination not to get beaten. You are going to get size and power but also they have got more ability in the team this season in my opinion, they play a little bit more football. They mix it really well.

“It is these type of games where the players know they need to bring their A-game – to be at their best – and the fans need to come and get behind the players.”