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Latest Neil Harris update ahead of Leeds visit will be music to Millwall fans’ ears



Millwall manager Neil Harris has emphasised that he feels the squad harmony his side prided themselves on last season has returned.

The Lions have lost three on the bounce with the boss even calling into question the mentality of some of his players after their defeat to Swansea City last time out.

Jordan Archer was complete dropped with Harris citing his mentality a problem, and admitted the end of the transfer window was “unsettling times” at the club.

Striker Steve Morison has also commented on the different dressing room vibe this season, after last year’s strong performances as a collective. 

Harris felt the end of the loan window affected the squad’s morale in what he admitted was a damaging time for the football club internally.

Millwall head into this weekend’s clash with table-topping Leeds United at a sold-out den having had the luxury of a two-week break to try and work on issues that had beset them.

With the windows closed, a settled squad for the remainder of the calendar year and time on his side to bed in new players, Harris has been able to focus on this weekend’s fixture.

And the Lions boss feels the team morale of last season is back after what has been a turbulent few weeks.

Harris told NewsAtDen: “It’s been brilliant. The boys have had the opportunity to put in some hard yards on the training pitch and take information on board. It’s been great to integrate the new boys.

“I just feel we’ve got the group back again. 

“Hopefully Swansea was the end of a difficult couple of weeks for us when everything that could go wrong did. Maybe that last 10 minutes of the Swansea game, hopefully, was rock bottom for us.

“Now we’re on the up again. It’s the best period of training we’ve had in a long time, probably since the lead-up to Boro [on the opening day].

“It’s been really productive, and the players have had some time away from me and each other as well, which is also important. I think we all feel recharged and ready to go on Saturday.

“That’s the message that is clear from me ahead of Saturday: on the training ground and in the changing room we’re back to our best. Now we have to transfer that back onto the pitch.”

The Verdict

The noises coming out of Millwall this week are all positive, ahead of this weekend’s clash.

Dressing room issues had hampered Neil Harris’ side in recent weeks, but with transfers sorted and the window closed, players can refocus and recalibrate their minds ahead of what looks to be a huge game this weekend against Leeds.

Millwall pride themselves on their togetherness and working extremely hard as a team, and when things go awry, the collective crumble as the foundation on which the success was built has fallen.

With Tom Bradshaw and Ryan Leonard, the club’s two most expensive signings after able to have two weeks to settle in – as well as some much-needed team building – this is indeed the perfect match against Leeds with all their injury concerns to get back on their feet and end a three-match winless run.

ScoopDragon Football News Network

Article title: Latest Neil Harris update ahead of Leeds visit will be music to Millwall fans’ ears

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