Harris hails "great servant" Abdou after Millwall beat Wigan

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NEIL Harris heaped praise on Millwall hero Jimmy Abdou after he ended his two-year goal drought in a 2-0 win over Wigan. 

Abdou headed in Dan Harding's cross to set the Lions on their way to a critical victory against one of their main relegation rivals.

That was only the midfielder's sixth goal in seven years at the club – but it couldn't have come at a better time.

And Harris said: "Jimmy is a great fella and a great servant to Millwall.

"If anybody deserved that goal for their performances since I took over, it was certainly Jimmy.

"He's got the ability to do that and I've been telling him so for seven years.

"He's done it in special moments before – like against Leeds in the play-offs – but he can finish well on his day.

"I think his last goal was in training three-and-a-half years ago, so he's definitely picked his moment tonight!"

There were three red cards during a feisty encounter at The Den – the first coming on the hour mark when Martyn Waghorn kicked out at Harding.

And when Jason Pearce slid in on Aiden O'Brien, Ed Upson raised his hands to the defender and both players were given their marching orders.

Harris added: "That was a Millwall performance. That's what this club is about.

"If the players hadn't learned anything from me or Dave Livermore before tonight, they have now.

"I don't necessarily condone melees but if things aren't going well and you need a spark at The Den, you have to take care of your own.

"I've seen the incidents again. I can see arguments for all three red cards. We'll have to look at them again in the cold light of day on a big screen.

"Without sitting on the fence, we'll sit tight and have a look later.

"But I can't ask for passion, commitment, tackles and challenges, and then moan at one of my players for looking after one of his teammates."

Harris had predicted that Wigan, bossed by former player Gary Caldwell, would dominate possession – and so they did, seeing 66 percent of the ball.

But the Lions boss was pleased with the way his side ruffled the Latics' feathers.

"Gary has got them playing good football and they're suited to the way he wants to play," Harris added.

"We knew they were going to have a lot of the football but we're a different club to that – we're about high-tempo, pressing and getting in people's faces.

"Our game plan was to impact them and, with the way the game went, it worked."

Harris was asked about Rotherham's Football League charge for fielding an ineligible player and said: "We want a fair decision, that's all we can ask for.

"I've spoken a lot about things only we can control – like the game tonight, Cardiff and then Blackburn.

"We can't worry about what's going to happen regarding Rotherham. What will be, will be."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

29 thoughts on “Harris hails "great servant" Abdou after Millwall beat Wigan

  • April 14, 2015 at 23:15
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    Harris seams to be saying all the right things! He knows the Millwall way! Give him the job, gets my vote!

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  • April 14, 2015 at 23:21
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    Hear hear
    Let's concentrate on ourselves the rest doesn't matter.
    Well done the pirate
    Fully deserved and long long over due
    Keep it up Jimmy.
    Enjoy your moment

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  • April 14, 2015 at 23:40
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    Wherever we end up Harris has to be the new manager. Not just because of tonight- though under Holloway Harding would have been taken off and the Hoff brought on-You know the rest of that story.
    No, Harris has to be given the job because he understands Millwall. There are some very good managers out there now, and at the end of the season there will be more. But how many of them actually 'get' what Millwall is all about? How many of them will get a stab in the heart when we don't perform? How many will look upon managing us as a 'job' until they move on?
    It's time for Millwall to re-group and come what may at the end of the season I'm personally confident that we have now, and finally, got our Millwall back.

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  • April 14, 2015 at 23:59
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    WELL DONE LADS,JUST WHAT MFC REQUIRED! JIMMY YOU TOOK YOUR GOAL REALLY WELL, SO DID MAGGIE.NO ONE LIKES US, WE DONT CARE.STORMIN' NORMAN.

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  • April 15, 2015 at 00:02
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    Harris will be talked about next year as being one of the finest young managers... we're on the road Bournemouth have been on.
    Harris is the real deal. And Livers too - both doing a top top job.

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  • April 15, 2015 at 00:20
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    Well done lads ive just got home the long drive was well worth it just to see My favourite Wall player Jimmy score such a wonderful goal I think he will have to spend the night in a decompression chamber something to do with him being in the six yard box for more than ten seconds . Yet again well done Bomber and Livermoore and all the lads that worked so hard for the crucial 3 points my only winge is please play Maggie from the start if we can keep hold of him I think we have a future Millwall star on our hands .

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    • April 15, 2015 at 06:41
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      @mfc2u: I don't think you can play Maggie from the start be seems to have no stamina. But bring him on as an impact player later in the game and he has shown what he can do. Maybe after a summer of getting into shape he will last 90 ,mins but not now.

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      • April 15, 2015 at 08:50
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        You may well be right but I think the longer he plays the better he will get cant see him wanting to hang around for 20 mins here and there to be honest @Sidcup Lion:

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  • April 15, 2015 at 00:22
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    Great performance tonight boys sid another terry love him he MILLWALL all the way jimmy 1 of our own I would play maggie play well when he came on and Bailey didnt get injured that a bonus look like williams is injured was on crutches everyone played well, well done wall great result COYL let move on 2 the sheep shagers now

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  • April 15, 2015 at 06:47
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    Dont know what the odds on jim to score but what a blinding header...and maggie has been saying from day one that he his a striker.and what a strike it was.
    another pleasing thing to witness was the fighting qualities of the team..make no mistake unfer coco millwall would have buckle under the physical battle last night..this is a clear message to any team if you come to the den and want a fight you will lose

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  • April 15, 2015 at 07:50
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    I thought we also looked better when Bailey came on.

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  • April 15, 2015 at 07:51
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    Jimmy Abdou.
    Legend status.
    Fantastic job so far Harris. You are
    Looking like you are well ready for this job. You certainly get my vote.

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  • April 15, 2015 at 07:55
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    funny thing is that after all the sh1t refs we have had and the usual bollx from the FA they may actually do us a favour with the Rotherham saga. Anyway great win boys everyone of the lads put a shift in and kept that t*** pennant quiet. Harris for permanent manager is a no brainer for me

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    • April 15, 2015 at 08:44
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      @DELBOY64: i think your find its the football league comittee which handles these thing not that other shower...mclean or aka judas got it all night.the only ex lion who didn't stick was waggy when he came on or when he was warming up..true lion

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  • April 15, 2015 at 08:30
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    Backs to the wall, and the fighting lion backed by the millwall army. True grit n grind. A salute to u all n now we get to go again!! WEFEARNOFOE. MILLWALL ALWAYS.

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  • April 15, 2015 at 08:41
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    A few people have said Magaye should start. I am not sure about that as he doesn't look to me like he has enough defensive ability for 90 minutes. But as an impact sub, what a player! Against Charlton and again last night he showed what a good forward player he is. Apparently we have a further one year option on his contract and I would lean towards taking that up as he is a player who looks like he could be seriously good for us next season if he gets regular football. Arguably, his best position might be up front in the middle.

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  • April 15, 2015 at 10:59
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    If we go up or stay down harris has already had contract talks and has already got the job.

    We have been talking to some league one players from orient which i also know of.

    So how many of us going cardiff then ??

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  • April 15, 2015 at 11:18
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    Harris has shown he has the ability to man manage players & the media he's still learning tacticlly. If he keeps learning the way he is he could be our manager for a very long time. & well done Jimmy u are what millwall is all about.

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    • April 15, 2015 at 11:25
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      @block 28: whys that cos he wanted to thump the oppo..lol.seriously had one of those games he was having 5 years ago how he puts that kind of effort in is amazing and a joy to watch

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  • April 15, 2015 at 11:38
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    Harris has gone back to basics and it works. Under IH we'd have lost that game even with the man advantage.

    I am still dismayed by IH. People talk about his ego and I think that was the problem. His vision was not incorrect, but his approach was. He needed to concede he had to go back to basics and introduce his "vision" slowly as either players developed and/or players were brought in. But he didn't seem to be able to break his own mindset - ie, ego got in the way.

    Now time to look forwards, not backwards. And Harris doesn't have this ego about him. He has always come across as a really likeable bloke. He is clearly the man for it in much the same way Stevens-McClearance was in the late-90s reboot.

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    • April 15, 2015 at 12:25
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      @SE14: Agree with you about Holloway's ego. I think his major fault was chopping and changing the team every game. Harris has shown the benefits of consistency. I really think with a settled back four we could have had probably ten more points on the board by now. Forde now looks confident again and it's good to see him barking out instructions to the back four. Next season I would like to have Webster back and also I think we should try and re-sign Beevers if we can, as he has shown in the last couple of games how good he can be. Those two with Sid and Goodman should be good enough if their confidence isn't consistently undermined by chopping and changing.

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      • April 15, 2015 at 12:34
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        @junkmale: Sorry Junkmale but I disagree about Webser and Beevers. Webster has been rubbish for Yeovil and I just haven't been impressed with Beevers at all since he's been back in the team.

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        • April 15, 2015 at 15:12
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          @REAL Supporter: I ahven't seen Webster play for Yeovil but they have been shipping goals like it's going out of fashion so maybe you're right about hi. I think we will have to disagree about Beevers, but he will probably sign for another club anyway when his contract runs out this summer - after the way he has been messed around by Holloway I wouldn't blame him

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  • April 15, 2015 at 14:07
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    winning ugly is the same 3 points a great win and Chopper is our man .....lets see how serious Berylson is and sign up Jos full time....Neil hasnt played Dunne Fletcher or Tonge....he must of known Holloway was a t*** er ............the players now know their roles

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    • April 15, 2015 at 15:09
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      @SE17 Lion: There is no way Hooiveld will sign if we get relegated and even if we don't we probably can't afford his wages anyway

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      • April 15, 2015 at 15:19
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        @junkmale: he is class and we aint going down......rather his wages than 3 journymen

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  • April 15, 2015 at 15:53
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    yep Tonge,Dunne,Hoyte, Fuller, the hof are knowhere to be seen now although fuller on the bench last night, chpper got his own guys doing the biz

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