Millwall boss talks more in detail about decision to go with unchanged side in victory over Leicester

Millwall head coach Neil Harris has explained in more detail his thinking behind going with an unchanged side for Tuesday’s victory over Championship leaders Leicester City.

The South Londoners had lost back-to-back away matches at Rotherham and Huddersfield before the midweek success over the Foxes.

But Harris chose to keep faith in the same starting 11 that had conceded late on in Saturday’s 1-0 reverse against the Terriers.

“I was obviously disappointed after the game at Huddersfield,” Harris told the South London Press. “You can be blinded by a last-minute goal. Sometimes when you concede in the last minute it is a terrible performance and sometimes you score in the last minute and it’s a unbelievably good performance – but then when you analyse the game back it is not as good or bad as you first thought.

“Huddersfield wasn’t a strong performance, or a result we required. However, when we stripped it back on Sunday and Monday, and looked at selection for Tuesday, we felt a lot of the lads, even after a disappointing performance, had earned the right to play again at home against Leicester – because they had been so good at home.

“Maybe I picked a very similar team for a lot of my games because I felt they would be the best option available to me at the moment – either through performance levels or experience of the position we’re in.

“We decided to go with the same team and hope there would be an impact from the bench from certain individuals – all you do as a manager is you make your best guess and hope you get it right.

“I was pleased with the performance – not just the starting 11 but with the attributes that Romain (Esse), Tom (Bradshaw) but also even the cameos at the end of Brooke (Norton-Cuffy) and Casper (De Norre) coming on. They are not underestimated.”

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