BY RICHARD CAWLEY
Murray Wallace has had his game simplified by Neil Harris – but the Millwall boss reckons the centre-back’s upturn in form is also just down to the side starting to perform.
The former Scunthorpe United defender has looked composed alongside Jake Cooper in the last two Championship matches.
And that means that Harris will be faced with at least some sort of selection dilemma if Shaun Hutchinson is declared fit after the international break.
“We can talk about individual players doing well but that coincides with the team putting in some good performances,” said Harris. “You can go back to West Brom and even possibly the second half of the QPR match, where we got better and better.
“It’s no surprise that the team is getting better and individuals are starting to play their own game as best they can.
“Murray has settled down and we have simplified things a little bit when he is on the ball, it puts him under less pressure. His performances are becoming more solid.”
A more singled-minded approach has been taken by Millwall after a testing start to the Championship campaign.
It has been rewarded by a second league victory over a talent-heavy Aston Villa side on Saturday. The Lions climbed out of the bottom three and up to 20th.
“We decided not to wrap ourselves up in what Aston Villa had and what they could do,” said Harris. “It is about what we were trying to build and what we wanted to achieve from each game.
“That’s our focus and has been for the last few weeks. It has certainly enabled us to get a foothold in games. Hopefully it’s enough for us to build momentum and confidence to win games regularly.”
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