Harris: Millwall set standard with end product at Brentford

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NEIL Harris says Millwall's attacking play during their 2-2 draw with Brentford on Saturday has set the standard for the rest of the season.

The Lions scored twice in a Championship fixture for the first time since November at Griffin Park – but a late Bees comeback scuppered their hopes of three valuable points.

Lee Gregory and Aiden O'Brien finished off two well-worked moves as Millwall – the second-lowest scorers in the division – showed a rare clinical edge in front of goal.

And Harris said: "I've asked the players to give me everything they've got – work ethic, attitude, desire and a hunger to play for this club.

"They're taking in a style of play that we're coaching into them and trying to produce that on the pitch.

"In my three games so far, they've tried to do that. I can't ask for any more than that.

"But what I have said to the guys is, 'you've got the shape, the structure and a foundation to give us a foothold in games, now can we go that step further and have an end product?'

"The one thing that has been missing is end product and on Saturday we had that in abundance.

"They've set a standard now, with and without the ball, and we certainly have to take that into the Charlton game.

"We're getting closer and closer to three points, and I've promised them that once they get one win, they'll get a second and a third."

Harris added that the support of 1,614 Lions fans in west London gave his players a major boost.

"It's a big thing for the boys, " he said. "They've been searching for that. The unhappiness of the fans towards the manager was really difficult for them.

"Dave Livermore and I have been asked to guide the players to play for this club – that's all. We're trying to get our ideas across and show the players what the fans demand.

"If the fans cheer, clap, sing and support the players, like they did at Brentford, then they must be doing it."

Despite conceding two late goals – one a penalty and the other a shot through a crowd of bodies – David Forde gave a near-faultless performance against Brentford.

"He's a top goalkeeper and made some really good saves," said Harris.

"Brentford are a really good side, they're exciting, they move the ball well and they're a benchmark for where we want to get to as a club.

"We knew we'd have to defend well and we knew that our 'keeper needed to have a good game for us to get something out of it. Fordey really deserved to be on the winning team."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

44 thoughts on “Harris: Millwall set standard with end product at Brentford

  • March 23, 2015 at 12:12
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    Hopefully, this is the turning point, the great escape starts here.

    However, if we still sink, I'm not worried about being stuck in League 1 for long. Judging from the 'quality' on display at the Johnstones Paint Trophy yesterday, we should be alright!

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    • March 23, 2015 at 12:15
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      Like your optimism Wooden and agree on the current standard in league 1, nothing to write home about NOLU

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    • March 23, 2015 at 12:40
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      @woodenlion: I agree with your sentiment but the quality that you talk about some of it will not still be here in Div 1 i.e. Hrading, Joss, Deigo & GTF to name just 4 so we will need our young ones back to take the loanee's places.

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    • March 23, 2015 at 22:32
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      @woodenlion: unfortunately it doesn't usually work like that. When we go down we will need to rebuild. That process seems to take between 4-6 years. I think we're stronger now than when we've been relegated in the past but we will lose players if we go down. Also as the Championship teams get richer and richer through tv and parachute premier league payments we will find it far more difficult to make an impact and compete should we get promoted again. IH has got a lot to answer for because of the money he's spunked at this club. The boatd too need to be questioned on why it took so long to get rid of him.

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  • March 23, 2015 at 12:13
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    I have no problem with Bomber leading this club next season and beyond. The passion and commitment has returned to our club NOLU

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  • March 23, 2015 at 12:15
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    with ya all the way super neil! you got these boys playing finally, bit gutting to let the win slip but all we ask is what you got em giving that is effort, passion and commitment. COYL!!! MIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIL playoffs here we come loooooooooooooooooooooool

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  • March 23, 2015 at 12:19
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    After watching the highlights what a pisser that last shot by fletch didn't just squeeze in. He tried to find the corner , didn't realise it was that close. Ah well, we fight on and at least there's a level of optimism now. I don't mind a loss when ya know they've given their all and had a real crack at it. Gidday to you all.

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  • March 23, 2015 at 12:26
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    It seems like ages since we had a team that even seemed like they cared Bomber has obviously restored that and the highlights proved we have some good players . what a difference a couple of weeks can make if he can sort out our defence then he may just be the man for the job , two weeks ago I thought it was a bit to soon for him but im starting to change my mind . Only thing I disagree with is Forde yes he had a great game but 2 good performances in 30 is not good enough im afraid , and before you tell me he is Irelands number 1 keeper its worth remembering their number 2 is Gerry Adams closely followed by Bono

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    • March 23, 2015 at 20:05
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      @mfc2u: Not sure what the hell Gerry Adams has to do with Forde. Fine to s*** off his goalkeeping, but no place for such unrelated or unfunny remarks.

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      • March 24, 2015 at 10:07
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        @Micky Lions:
        I would of thought it was said because he was also Irish. Nothing to do with anything else.I'm sure he wasn't calling Forde a terrorist. No need to make anything else of it and try and take the high and mighty ground. Next you'll be knocking our own fans for singing Jimmy Saville songs.
        Good old PC brigade alive and well on this site.

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        • March 24, 2015 at 11:59
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          @wall2wall: Not being high and mighty or PC. I’m all for taking the p***, but he was bringing in anti-Irish stuff unnecessarily (plus it wasn’t even funny). We’ve got a lot of people of Irish heritage at Millwall who get a bit sick of this sort of boll.ocks talk -there’s plenty of it on other forums, but we don’t need snide remarks like that creeping in here.

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          • March 24, 2015 at 12:54
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            @Micky Lions:
            How was it being anti Irish?
            You're out of order twisting it to seem like he was having a dig at the Irish.
            By the way Micky just because you don't think something is funny doesn't mean that it isn't funny.

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      • March 24, 2015 at 13:24
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        Come on now Micky it was a bit of a light hearted comment to say that it is in some way slightly racist is very sad and very harsh I mentioned those two people because they were two of the names that came to mind because they are Irish and famous its a very sad day when you have to watch every bloody thing you say especially after some of the filth I read on Nad sometimes I do hope your as quick to point fingers at these people ?, you know nothing about me or my politics and after all this is a public FORUM .
        Maybe its not your sense of humour but more people liked it than disliked it im sure they took it how it was meant Lighten Up @Micky Lions:

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  • March 23, 2015 at 12:43
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    Anyone who was at brentford witnessed pride passion..and 2 outstanding strikers..the turning point of the game was AOB being subbed.thats how good he was on the day.bring on the trainspotters .

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  • March 23, 2015 at 13:04
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    Div 1 means Harris playing 4-4-2 with our academy players which sounds exiting to me........Goodman Nelson Powell Thompson Fred O brien Pavey and Marquis...........will they get their chances if we stay up....Rovrum are in freefall

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  • March 23, 2015 at 13:24
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    I've said it before and ill say it again it's not rocket science we've still got the same players just play players in the right position and stop s******* yourself and changing the team .and Harris has done this.if only coco had seen it might not be in the poo poo now

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  • March 23, 2015 at 13:37
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    no coincidence that we have done well in the last 2 games without Alan Dunne, please Bomber dont recall him to the starting xi, the bench yes but lets not rock the boat, the boys are on a high.

    im so glad obrien has broken his duck and his partnership with gregory looks very promising, 2 hungy young strikers.

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  • March 23, 2015 at 13:48
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    diffrent class sat , looked more solid , played to a plan , simple effeftive 442 get the ball up front early fill and press up the pitch. under the other bloke thought he complicated things , its a simple game if done right.
    whats happening about the players out of contract is it bombers choice then if does not get the job the new manager as got to go and get another load of players, or are we cutting the playing staff to where it should be , so it makes more finachel sense what ever division we are in .

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  • March 23, 2015 at 13:54
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    I've been crying out for an O'brien & Gregory pairing all season! It almost feels like we now know who our strikers are! Let them play every game and their confidence will build. They can share the responsibility. I'm just glad to feel good about our wall again! Down or not...

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  • March 23, 2015 at 14:25
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    Can't argue with any of that Bomber.

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  • March 23, 2015 at 14:38
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    Neil will bring player consistency given the team is getting better with every performance. Expect the same lineup again for Charlton... The wins are very near

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  • March 23, 2015 at 14:46
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    @ BARNLION: you say we will be without Harding , fabrini, fletcher , Hoover next season, I don't think we would have a problem signing Harding or fletcher if we wanted them, as they'll be looking for a club anyway. True we won't get the Hoover which is a shame, or fabrinni which is not a shame . People were giving Harris stick on here for not picking fabrinni but I'm glad , he spends far too long on the ball, dribbling this way and that and only passes it when he's running out of space, nothing much ever seemed to come for all his dribbling cos defenders were able to get back behind the ball. Harris likes to get the ball forward early , get defenders running back towards their own goal, give our attackers something to run onto like on Saturday . I can't see Harris picking him, slows it all up.

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    • March 23, 2015 at 15:51
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      @bordersarebest0170: I agree with you with regard to Fabrini, he was in the Palermo sidle that was relegated from Serie A two seasons back ( on loan from Udinesse ) but they say he was not to blame, fair play to Chopper he has seen what you have pointed out and Chopper has done well with performances so far, I would not be disappointed if he was given the job next season but I would like Uwe Rosler, he took over Brentford when they were in Div 1

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  • March 23, 2015 at 15:41
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    Reality check, we made a top of the league team look average and played good spirited football. Unlucky not to have taken 3 points and even if we do go down, we have some great young players who can deliver on choppers demands, and other young players like Fred who will fit in nicely. Last couple if years have been a struggle but I think we will come back better and stronger. Chopper has given us back our pride, haven't seen that in years! Stay up or go down, we are lions and we will always bounce back and become someone's worst nightmare. ITS WHAT WE DOOOO

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  • March 23, 2015 at 17:11
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    We deserved to win Saturday.....this now Real Millwall we can beat anyone in this division.....we probably will go down thanks to that rubbish pratt Holloway........we have to sign up our youngsters on long contracts now because theyll be poached by so called bigger clubs.....theres a breath of fresh air over the Den now....Thank God

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    • March 23, 2015 at 19:30
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      @SE17 Lion: Not sure we could we could beat anyone with this group of players SE17, very impressed with Norwich and Middlesborough but on the Brentford showing we are certainly not one of the worst two, as the league shows. The more I think about it I actually think that going down next year with all the youngsters we have seemingly coming on song would not be such a bad thing. The players we know we will have like Fred, O'Brien, Jake Goodman all battle hardened and we also have JP Rylah and Kyron Farrell, Jack Powell who, reading the U21 game report today had great games with two cracking goals. Just think of a team with lads, who are one of our own with a few old heads in the team, the Den would definitely be rocking all over the world.

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      • March 23, 2015 at 22:46
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        @lennie the lion: well we gave Brentford a run for their money and theyre as good as anyone ...we are playing to our strengths now we have no real weak players Harris gets the best out of his players ...you cant judge anyone playing under Holloway he confused them all.....

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  • March 23, 2015 at 17:20
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    Saturday was great going forward but our achilles heel, the defence, failed again - apart from Forde, who had a great game (and I'm not a fan of his).
    Let's face it, we have been nearly relegated for the last three years. It had to come. Regardless of who the manager was, we had the wrong players to stay up and all of them on long contracts. Time to draw breath, rebuild and blood the youngsters. With some sensible and patient management we can come back better and stronger. COYL

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  • March 23, 2015 at 17:26
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    Not to sure if Bomber is actually picking players who will be with us next year. I am sure Cummings and Harding would sign up for league one. Not sure about the Hoover think he maybe more than we could afford and not sure Fabrini would suit league one or again we could afford him. We will be losing a lot off the wage bill and I would assume a much smaller squad overall with a lot of the youngsters in, which I think will be cheaper in terms of wages. On that point would appointing Bomber make a lot of financial sense, he is already on the pay role as is Dave L, no doubt a rise or same wage but promotion bonus. He gets a long 'honeymoon period with the fans, JB and AA would not get flax if they appoint him or it goes wrong (not to sure about that some posters on this site would complain if we won the Champions League but had Dunny in the side). I am sure if Neil needs advice, as I believe he is regarded in the game as one of the good guy's, he could call on help, would actually love to see the likes of George Graham, Steve Clarridge be given a consultant role for instance say one day a week.

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    • March 23, 2015 at 19:08
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      @lennie the lion: everything you said makes sense but the only one I want to have there one day a week is ambler, failing that plain and simple FUCKOFF!

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    • March 23, 2015 at 21:02
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      @lennie the lion: Shaun Cummings was signed from Reading on a two and half year deal.So he will be with us next season.

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      • March 24, 2015 at 08:56
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        @colin66: Happy with that, I must admit I thought it was a loan. Also forgetting about Carlos Edwards if ever a youngster needs a role model he is the one, just hope he can come back fit.

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          • March 24, 2015 at 10:27
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            @colin66: one old player will be gone..fuller dropped from the squad on saturday and replaced by jamie philpott (18yrs old)..also fighting for places are powel & thompson..next years team could well be the youngest since cahill and co.

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          • March 24, 2015 at 11:17
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            @colin66: Ho yes and look what happened to that team, Great times ahead Jim28.It would be nice to get rid of loans and over the hill players and replace them with youngsters who wants to play for Millwall with pride

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  • March 24, 2015 at 10:32
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    We are not down yet let f****** get out of this mess u can do it boys no1 like us we dont COYL

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  • March 24, 2015 at 13:14
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    I TRUST HARRIS.........Livermore Fitzgerald Massey etc Come on lets get 4 wins and 3 draws

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  • March 24, 2015 at 16:11
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    Has he forgotten defence that's our biggest problem starting with the goalkeeper well past it.I know it's hard to say goodbye to your old mate but its got to be Dunne.

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