It comes and goes so quickly, tomorrow will be the first opportunity of the summer for us fans to see our Millwall play a game of football. Normally with pre-season the hype for fans is the prospect of seeing our new signings in action, however with only three signings for the senior squad, it will be a team with many familiar faces. Nonetheless I’m personally excited to see what the like of David Worrall, Shaun Hutchinson and Gregg Wylde can offer going into the new season, with two new wide players they have the opportunity to excite fans and do what we love to see in a winger, beating your man and producing a delivery into the box.
As is normally the way in a modern pre-season game, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see two different XI’s for each half of the tie. Normally with a mix of youth and senior players in each half, not only will tomorrow be an opportunity to see new signings, it will also allow the fans to get a glimpse of the future, with the likes of Chesmain, Twardek and Farrell all to be offered a chance to impress this summer.
As a club, the most important aspect for Neil Harris and his staff will be to get 45 minutes into each player and to come through without any injuries; a positive result is beneficial, however the performance with new ideas and formations will weigh more importantly with Harris. For myself and I’m sure other fans, I would love to see players go out determined to prove a point and lay down an early marker to carry into the 6th August at home to Oldham Athletic. Seeing the likes of Steve Morison, Lee Gregory and Aiden O’Brien potentially get their first goals of pre-season, but equally important is having Jordan Archer, David Forde and possibly even Tom King getting the chance in goal and keeping a clean sheet.
A week away in Portugal would’ve presented Harris a chance to stamp his mark on the team with supposedly triple sessions set out for each day, so going into tomorrow we could see slight changes of style that the manager would like to bring to the squad. Last season, despite ending with defeat at Wembley can be viewed as a positive season, however along the road there was times where fans felt we were too one dimensional with our style of play, I don’t think you can expect a finished article with Harris having only one season with the squad. With the three further signings I feel we should now expect a successful team and now be able to fully judge Harris based on the set of players he now has at his disposal.
The opposition Bromley are well into their pre-season campaign, with two games already played against Dulwich Hamlet and fellow League One side Charlton Athletic. Having won one and lost the other, you’d probably be surprised that the defeat was to Dulwich with their first win being against Charlton, however despite being pre-season with Bromley now an established Conference National side, they present a good test for Millwall which should offer an interesting spectacle. One time Millwall player Ben May is still turning out for Bromley, and a summer signing of David Martin, also an ex Wall player offers the chance to see why he felt leaving to Derby a few years back was a good idea…
Regardless of the result, its good to have Millwall back on my Saturday’s and I’m sure you’re all the same?! How do you see tomorrow’s game going?