Millwall manager Neil Harris on Fred Onyedinma’s lack of minutes and his assessment of the Ben Thompson-Ryan Tunnicliffe midfield link up


Millwall manager Neil Harris says all of his squad will get chances to play as they go into their final 13 matches – potentially more if they win their FA Cup last-eight encounter with Brighton.

The Lions chief was speaking after last night’s 2-1 defeat Hull City in the Championship.

What did you make of the Ben Thompson and Ryan Tunnicliffe partnership in midfield?

 “I saw moments of good play. I’m disappointed with the second goal but saw moments of good play.

“We have had a lot of games in a short space of time. We have got a lot of games coming up. I got some important players – people like Shaun Williams didn’t play tonight because the amount of games.

“Thommo [Ben Thompson] deserved to play after his performance the other day. Tunni [Ryan Tunnicliffe] is chomping to play. Pearcy [Alex Pearce] wants to play. Aiden [O’Brien] wants to play.

“Tom Elliott is disappointed with how he played the other day, so he is desperate to play and make amends. The lads want to play. Everyone is going to be needed over the next 12 league games – 12 cup finals and a big FA Cup quarter-final. Everyone is going to get their fair share of minutes.”

Ben Thompson

How unfortunate is Fred Onyedinma not to be playing much recently?

 “Players have played well. Some players in my squad have to show me more. They have to show me more commitment to the club and to me and to the team. Not necessarily naming Fred in that, but in general.

“On a daily basis, players really please you and players disappoint you. And I only play players that deserve to play and show the right attitude. That’s why someone like Ben Thompson came into the reckoning today.”