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 15, 2015 at 05:27
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      @dannyoc: how can anyone dislike that comment?? Four w****** lurking behind a screen somewhere

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      • April 15, 2015 at 06:16
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        @brockleysfinest: the holloway faithful still lurking about I guess lol

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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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