Millwall boss reckons he has multiple options to cover banned Cooper – with Elliott giving him frontline dilemma for Burton game

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Millwall manager Neil Harris reckons Conor McLaughlin is an option to replace suspended Jake Cooper against Burton tomorrow – but also has a tricky call in terms of his forward line.

The Lions are forced to make a change at the back with Cooper serving a one-match ban for his dismissal at Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday.

Striker Tom Elliott marked his first Championship start for the South London club with his fourth goal of the campaign. Now joint top-scorer, the former AFC Wimbledon man is putting pressure on established front pairing Steve Morison and Lee Gregory.

Asked if it would be harsh for Elliott to drop out of the starting line-up, Harris replied: “There is lots to consider when I look at my team selection. Form is always one you look at. I’ve got an idea of the team I am going to pick Saturday but it is not confirmed in my mind.

Conor McLaughlin, Millwall

“There is also the combination play to look at – who does well with who. You have to nail down those combinations at centre-forward, central midfield, centre-back and full-backs with wide players.

“Tom produced an excellent finish. He’s a good finisher for his size. Shane Ferguson’s impact off the left gave us real balance.”

Cooper’s suspension is a blow with Byron Webster (knee) already sidelined.

“Macca has played there for Fleetwood in the last couple of years and I could play Mahlon [Romeo] at right-back,” said Harris. “Tony Craig and James Meredith are also really comfortable playing that position. Tony has played hundreds of matches at centre-back in his career.”