HAVING come up via the play-offs last season, Millwall are still adjusting to life in the Championship and have suffered a mixed set of results so far this campaign. Known for being one of the more direct sides in the division, Millwall certainly have players that can hurt you going forward whilst also being solid at the back – making them a difficult proposition to face. Below is three players key to the way Neil Harris’s side operate.
- Physical Strength
- Hold-up play
Perhaps not as clinical in front of goal as his strike partner Lee Gregory but Morison is arguable the more important player in the way Millwall set-up. The ex-Norwich man, who played for the Canaries whilst they were in the Premiership, is tasked with holding the ball up for Millwall – a job which he’s pretty much impeccable at. Morison’s physical strength means more often than not he can bully defenders and also comes out on top of most aerial battles. He found the net 19 times last season, including three in the play-off games but has spent most of this campaign setting up chances, which it’s fair to say have not always been taken by his teammates, as opposed to scoring himself.
Tasked with patrolling the midfield for the Lions, Williams recently made his 150th start for Millwall despite only being at the club for just over three and a half years – highlighting his worth to the side. The Republic of Ireland man sits in front of the back four and is excellent at distributing the ball and reading the opposition’s attacks. On occasions Williams’s passing ability can be underused by Millwall as they look to get the ball quickly up to the forwards from defence but out of all Neil Harris’s options he is the most likely to unpick the backline with a through ball. The one weakness to the midfielder’s game is his discipline having picked up three red cards and 32 yellows in the last three seasons.
- Late runs into the box
- Long range shooting
- Can leave his fullback exposed
A creative outlet for Millwall, Wallace has now fully established himself as Neil Harris’s first choice on the right side of midfield. The former Portsmouth man has developed a reputation for himself with his late runs into the box and his powerful long range strikes. Wallace is also capable of beating his man and gives Millwall some much needed creativity on the wings. However, he can now and again neglect his defensive duties and this could be an area where Rangers get some success on Tuesday night.