Harris: Brighton draw "a good start" to Millwall's recovery

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NEIL Harris believes a point and a clean sheet against Brighton "is a good start" to Millwall's recovery under his management.

The Lions and Seagulls cancelled each other out at The Den on Tuesday night but a draw stopped a run of five straight defeats.

And Harris said: "You have to start somewhere. Being the better team in the second half at Bolton and being on top for long spells tonight is a good start for us.

"But we need to add to that a little bit more quality in the final third because he bottom line is we have to win a game quickly."

Harris was again pleased with the performance of his side in a game of few chances.

"The boys couldn't give me any more apart from a goal," he added.

"We talk about Millwall spirit, attitude, desire and work ethic – it was all evident in that performance.

"We lacked a little bit of creativity in the final third, definitely, and we're searching for that first goal to really kick-start us.

"We're trying to put a team out there that the fans can identify with. The backing of the fans and the support they gave was terrific.

"I'm trying to give the boys a bit of belief. I've said 'this is how we need to play, you need to get the fans back onside and if you do the basics, they'll support you'.

"We've asked them to do something different and they're trying to do it. Why's it not worked before? I don't know, but tonight showed they can put in performances."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

55 thoughts on “Harris: Brighton draw "a good start" to Millwall's recovery

  • March 17, 2015 at 23:00
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    A point is a point, and failing Brighton scoring an own goal probably the best we could expect. It's a dignity and respect building effort now to give us back a team that we can relate to as ours and the spirit is better but we just carry no threat. Keeping my eye on Fred at Wycombe tonight - I see he is having to put up with the same problem there as he had here. In the 64th minute he was replaced by "Holloway" ffs! Keep going Fred, come back safe for next season we are gonna need you son

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    • March 17, 2015 at 23:10
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      Abslute dross. Yep save O'Brien for next year with Syd. But as he won't play Beevers and the Hoff from the start its relegation - well done BOMBER I don't think. Crap.

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      • March 18, 2015 at 00:18
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        @Mekongriver:
        Seems like a village has lost its idiot. Either that or you just don't have a brain. Probably the latter.

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      • March 18, 2015 at 08:55
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        @Mekongriver: Not sure about dross, but there seemed more effort than what we have been offered over the last months, but the glaring fact was the lack of quality from us even against a very ordinary side last night and this is not Bombers fault its what he has to work with.
        Our Captain lead by example with his madcap effort to lose the game in the first half (what was he thinking of) and Lee Gregory should have buried that header in the second half, finishing like that is one reason why we are in this position, and the same goes for the 6ft 8" lead footed forward that once again got a run out in the first team?
        We need a win this Saturday but if we play anything like last night then I am worried for our ability to remain in this division, but COYL!!! give it a go as we have sold out our ticket allocation so the noise should be better than last nights.

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        • March 18, 2015 at 15:12
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          @Barnlion: Face it stop dreaming we are down dont matter who,s in charge they want about 6-7 new players.

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          • March 19, 2015 at 08:48
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            @baz2262: 100% agree as I said the lack of quality that we have cannot be denied and regarding the players I am also sad to say that it maybe more than you say is required, its going to be a tough few years, it may even get worse before it gets better.

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    • March 17, 2015 at 23:14
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      @T20ColdBlowLion: If your looking for creativity - you might as well play the most creative player we have = Diego ! Shame it's not the Chelsea one as we bloody need a goal scorer these days. Is there no possible chance of getting Steve Clarrage to play a few games - not joking the last time my mate bumped into him a few months ago he told him he was fitter than ever and reckoned he could still score a few for Millwall ⚽️ Neil if your reading please give him a call as what we have cannot hit a barn door these days.

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  • March 17, 2015 at 23:14
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    He's dreaming - first 20 minutes was better yes - the rest was no different.
    Different dealer - same pack of cards.....................
    We wouldnt score if they went home
    Ford's performance with his kicking is a disgrace

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  • March 17, 2015 at 23:29
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    I've loved, I've laughed and cried.
    I've had my fill; my share of losing.
    And now, as tears subside,
    I find it all so amusing.

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  • March 17, 2015 at 23:42
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    My god Brighton were s*** we still never scored

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  • March 17, 2015 at 23:55
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    They were as poor as us,but who cares, it's a start! Here we come brentford.3 x points for the wall.( NOLU,WDC)

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    • March 18, 2015 at 02:35
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      @BUSHWACKER14: 4pts we've taken of those mugs and they chant we're crap..see you at brentford early ko god knows why

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      • March 18, 2015 at 19:55
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        YES,JIM28, WE TOOK 4 OUT OF 6PTS FROM BRIGHTON, NOW WE NEED TO GET OUR OWN BACK ON BRENTFORD.SEE YOU THERE, WILL BE NICE AND EARLY! NO ONE LIKE US, WE DONT CARE.STORMIN' NORMAN.

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  • March 18, 2015 at 00:00
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    And to think we played wigan in the fa cup semi final at wembley 2 years ago, and they went on to win the bloody thing !!

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  • March 18, 2015 at 00:19
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    See the word hope, there is none now league one will be a hard devision to get out of, at least we can get rid of all the old timers wage theifs and bench warmers, start to build our wall from the young blood , hope the board have learnt a lesson from this proven striker asap in league one, and a defence who can defend, we can't score enough said most of our lot will want a transfere next season we'll see then where the loyalty is well done Chopper good try.

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  • March 18, 2015 at 01:35
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    Harris has done a least one thing better than cocco, he has got us playing as a team. Shame they didn't get the goal they deserved. Coyl

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    • March 18, 2015 at 02:38
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      @block 28: and it was (baring a injury).the same that started saturday.
      mmiilllllllllll

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  • March 18, 2015 at 05:50
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    Recovery? We're down and have been since Christmas in all honesty. Recovery, from what? We couldn't even turn the ignition on let alone start the engine. This club feels like a clapped out old banger!

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  • March 18, 2015 at 05:53
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    Just got home and was expecting to see a 2.0 win to us. God damn mother f******, I'm the dunce of this forum, so hard to get a good view of proceedings from so far away but I'm stayin positive and let's keep encouraging everyone to keep getting better. What a s*** season it's been but what a club this is . Love ya all n f*** everyone else. Milllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll

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  • March 18, 2015 at 06:19
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    Harris is saying and doing all the right things, but doesn't matter how you dress it up we are still well away from a victory, let alone a run that will save us.

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  • March 18, 2015 at 06:48
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    One tame shot on target isn't grrat though is it!

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  • March 18, 2015 at 07:07
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    We just got to take the last few games as extended preparation for next season in the dross League that is L1. Not looking forward to that but if Harris and get the team in order and playing his way now then that gives us a good base to begin with. We will still need to add a good striker even for next season because we bound to end getting injuries in that bruising division. Weed the weak out Neil, we don't want to hang about to long down there.

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    • March 18, 2015 at 09:18
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      @Bexley_Lion: it may be a dross league but so is this squad of players. They're just as bad, maybe worse, than the bunch that got relegated to league 1 last time.

      Vital the next manager is up to the job of turning things around as we almost dropped to league 2 until KJ was appointed.

      Be telling if JB invests in the summer.

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  • March 18, 2015 at 07:13
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    couldn't be arsed to go last night, fed up feeling gutted walking home after our dismal home form. so took the wife to bingo last night and won £600 happy days!! will be at brentford on sat hope for a good game fingers crossed.

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  • March 18, 2015 at 08:39
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    This is like having a f****** great abscess on your left knacker and the doctor giving you an appointment for 6 weeks time !

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  • March 18, 2015 at 08:42
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    We need someone who can head the ball in the 6 yard box and 25 /30 yards scorer get them in and we will stay up last night was just the same obrian getting better as least he got pace play him center forward gregory same good running no end result

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  • March 18, 2015 at 08:42
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    Went last night now that Hollowhead has gone. Did not expect to see anything other than I saw.

    I will be honest I am not 'carried away' optimistic about Harris's abilities....but for one......if anyone thinks he can save us from relegation they are deluded...and two I think his post match comments were bang on, and he could not acchieve any more than he has after just two games.

    We are gonna get relegated, but if he can get the 11 on the pitch to go down fighting, and put a bit of pride back in the shirt and the club, then he would have done a good job....even if we lose all the remaining games.

    Have a look at whose available at the end of the season...Warburton must be a great shout with his recent knowledge of the division.....with maybe Harris as a number 2 role.......there must be loads of ex players happy to have a stint in charge of the under 21's

    At least we dontvhave to suffer any more of hollow heads s*** .....no one outside of Millwall would notice, but I feel a little bit of dignity has been restored, history will show Hollowhead to be the single worst thing that ever happened to this club...he is a narcissistic cancer that really contaminated us ....never to be forgiven.....which one of the cretins that were up his anal would have him back on a dockers day parade

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  • March 18, 2015 at 08:55
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    We are always on ur side millwall till I die where ever u are millwall COYL

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  • March 18, 2015 at 09:09
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    Plays Forde would have played Dunne - two light weight forwards, a youngster in the back four, trying not to play the loanees, Bomber wants people on his side to get the job play the youth play the youth Just think we had Kenny Jackett, JB and Ambler what would not give him money for the forwards he wanted, yet spent thousands on LOMAS and OLLIE and all the journeymen such as HOYTE what a waste of money that was for instance - what management decisions a - all part of the master plan methinks. Crowd of 9,000 last night won't get that next year that's for sure. Plenty of outstanding debt though - club will get wound up. JB will get his regeneration what do you think he is here for - it's not premiership football and it's not championship football that's for sure.
    Yep book your Yuppie flat in the regeneration plan - cos that's the future and that's for sure. DARTFORD here we come. Bet all you JACKETT slaters eating humble pie now...... from he village idiot.

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  • March 18, 2015 at 09:20
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    we been here before and no doubt we will again but we are millwall and we fight to the very end, even the FA have sent their worse refs to keep us down but we fear no foe so fk em all and lets get behind Harris and the boys cos if the team lose us we are all knackered

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    • March 18, 2015 at 13:03
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      @DELBOY64: well said like a five year term every time in this league 1991-1996, 2001-2006, 2010-2015 unfortunately always ends in relegation!

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  • March 18, 2015 at 09:51
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    I think some of the comments are abit harsh, We got the ball wide and tried to ask questions last night from wide positions. I thought apart from scoring we looked good when we had the high intensity but as we all know you cant do that the whole game. Certainly something to build on - And i thought Gregory was a class act last night, Hold up play was quality. O'brien was everywhere but the player that stands out for me is jimmy abdou. The Gezza is just a machine. Keeps our midfield ticking.. you cant replace his amount of running with any ball player in the team. I Admire the man.

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  • March 18, 2015 at 10:15
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    It has been said by most all season the lack of quality strikers at this level. That is clearly not going to change under Bombers appointment. People going along expecting goals are not living in the real world.
    Said it before and will say it again the time to resolve this should have been Christmas time, new manager and investment in quality players.
    No one should expect miracles from Bomber and what worries me is that in one week of his appointment we are getting idiots slagging him off. For this reason and a few others I hope he does not take the job long term.
    Beating Charlton is the only thing I can wish for now unfortunately.

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    • March 18, 2015 at 11:09
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      @kenfromtheden: You've hit the nail straight on the head! As for the Anoraks, I'd settle for a draw just as long as we don't lose.

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  • March 18, 2015 at 10:21
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    I think last night summed up the reality of the situation in that Brighton are a bad team and we never really got close to breaking them down. Unfortunately that's where we are right now and we are just going to have to deal it. I thought Gregory played well and O'Brien plugged away and looks like a player who will get better the more games he'll play. Nelson looks too naive right now, he heads clearances into the middle of the pitch and positionally is'nt great but that comes with time. Its League One lads, let's all deal with it.

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  • March 18, 2015 at 10:26
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    I have seen some pretty awful performances down at the Den this season, but last nights performance (barring no goals) was much improved. We have gone from a 4-1 thumping to 2-0 and now after a poor run of games we have attained a point. Watching the game last night there was a lot of positives, we just need to find a formula to score after dominatng the other team, who admittably were very poor. Jimmy didnt play too well last night, but Forde what the hell is he doing running around exposing the goal! - Chopper please drop him!

    I think a win against Brentford is a must, we need six wins and being a true Wall fan i wont believe we are down until it is mathmetically impossible.

    Cmon you lions

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  • March 18, 2015 at 11:10
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    I think there's too much media coverage with the goings on at the club. Let them get on with it. All you busy lot on here starting to s*** off Harris already. There's only so much a manager can do. Decisions can be controversial but unless your a qualified football manager who has been training and playing the game for years and years your comments are just a mere opinion and nothing else. I know who knows best, and thats the staff. If we go down, we go down.. I for one will still support Harris as I have utmost respect for the bloke. We are all sick of losing, but a point is a point and its better than none. It will come, we cant expect miracles. Have some patience. All of a sudden we've got fans that believe we are a top of the championship side? We really are not, we cannot compare ourselves to some of the teams higher in the league. Get over it and support our club.

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  • March 18, 2015 at 11:50
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    Might be stating the bleeeding obvious here but after last night, and a quick glance at the table we've had it. I don't expect any negative noises coming from Chopper but in reality we're 9 points adrift-including goal difference-of the catchable teams and they've both got a game in hand. We couldn't score against either Fulham or Brighton so anyone who thinks we're going to get anything at Brentford are those they still believe that Cahill will return. A few weeks back I estimated from that point that we'd gain 7 points until the end of the season and I still reckon that's being generous. I want Millwall to say up as much as anyone but it's time to get a reality check. Time to drop all the loanees and blood the youngsters. For those like Dunne, Shittu and Hoyte etc. well, someone has to make a decision. Let's hope it's the right one. Prepare now for next season.

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  • March 18, 2015 at 12:49
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    if we keep the nucleus of last nights team and build around them next season with fred and paris then we will be ok in league 1 . obviously the hoover will go but give beevers a crack with sid . Let go the loanies and dunne woolford and dare i say it shittu who seems to now have a constant injury. forget bailey now as williams jimmy and upson should be our 3 centre mids to choose from plus powell. o brian and gregs up front and we have a young and some experienced players to do well. Harris needs to unclomplicate his selection by limiting loanies. Last night i was proud to see that we gave it a go allbeit no cutting edge but the damage was done long ago. so lets leave neil to do what he can this season and let him bring us back up next season millllllllll

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  • March 18, 2015 at 13:11
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    Not sure what the deal is with Diego and Bomber, a bit of creativity last night and we would have got 3 massive points so he needs to bring Diego back in to the fold, although the way brentford are playing and scoring he will probably go for the defensive approach on saturday.

    Sid played well, lets hope he keeps him now until the end of the season and leave dunne on the bench.

    Is gunnersbury the nearest station as i aint been to brentford in years, looking forward to standing on the terraces again.

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  • March 18, 2015 at 13:30
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    It will take time for Neil to find his feet as a manager, one thing is certain Millwall needs not one but at least two strikers, the quality is not there, look at Norwich or Watford. The club wants investment in order to build and a skilful manager. Wether Neil is up to it only time will tell. But unless the board come up with the readies they will always be scraping the barrel.

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    • March 18, 2015 at 16:55
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      @Peckhamlad: I agree with what you say Peckhamlad, its down to the board with what they want to invest in Bomber & whether they want a quick return back to the Championship - I mean by that is that we all want a quick return back to the Championship , however as you stated we need two strikers & they will cost us !!! strikers that we should have got at the beginning of the season & we may not have been in this mess & im for one not that naïve that Holloway is the only one to blame for the failure in this

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  • March 18, 2015 at 17:13
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    In the words of Frazer in Dads Army "We're doomed". With this shower of Sh1te, next season we're destined to drop yet another division, I dont want to see it happen but with no investment and our known debts, I feel we're heading for the conference in two seasons, and/or into oblivion.
    I have been attending games for sixty years, and I have never been so disappointment about the future of what I call My Club

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  • March 19, 2015 at 08:20
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    AEOJT DON'T PANIC - WALL will soon be in Kent in he RYMAN Premier with gates of 2,500. Look at the Wombles - The Wombles of WIMBLEDON - yeah yeah yeah. Mind you Fulham and Rotherham lost so not over yet as the fat lady said. Lump on Wall at Brentford score win both teams to score and Wall to win to nil great odds - 2 bets and with the HOFF starting it will be the escape like last year.
    yep not over yet. GOOD LUCK WALLERS wherever you are and keep em peeled..............

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