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


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

  • March 23, 2015 at 12:12

    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

      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

      @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 14:52

      @woodenlion: few nice words their bomber

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    • March 23, 2015 at 22:32

      @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

    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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