Harris: Draw at Cardiff could be a good point for Millwall

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NEIL Harris believes a point against Cardiff could prove to be a good result for Millwall come the end of the season.

The Lions created the better chances in South Wales but were held to a goalless draw by a Bluebirds side with nothing to play for this term.

Millwall are now four points behind Rotherham, who could yet face a deduction from the Football League, with three games to play.

Asked if he was disappointed not to have taken maximum points, Harris said: "Yeah, definitely. I thought we deserved them in the second half.

"We were outstanding in the second half – we created numerous opportunities to get into good positions and fashioned some chances to score.

"We tweaked it slightly at half time to get higher up the pitch and create more chances, and as you can see my players took that on board and it worked.

"We weren't at our best in the first half so I asked the players for a little bit more quality and to move the ball in a different manner.

"We were just missing that final bit of quality but it could be a good point and the players are pleased.

"To get to 40 points is a big hurdle to get over. The teams above us are looking over their shoulders.

"We know we have to win some games but the teams above us need to as well. At the moment we're showing our capabilities to win matches."

The Lions' best opportunity fell to substitute Gary Taylor-Fletcher but the Leicester loanee couldn't make contact with Ricardo Fuller's cut-back.

"Gaz is disappointed in there that he didn't score – as are a few of the boys who had chances," Harris added.

"The pleasing thing is we're creating chances.

"The two subs made a difference up front – Ricardo and Gaz – as did Magaye Gueye, so they were positive changes.

"If we'd got one goal, we'd have gone and got two or three."

Millwall's cause could be helped by a three-point deduction for Rotherham, who have been charged for fielding an ineligible player.

And Harris was asked when he expects to learn the outcome of a Football League disciplinary committee which is investigating the matter.

He said: "I know as much as you guys.

"We'll be told as and when. The good thing is we're back in the mix. A points deduction would certainly aid us. We can't control that. We'll just look at ourselves."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

42 thoughts on “Harris: Draw at Cardiff could be a good point for Millwall

  • April 18, 2015 at 18:17
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    A pound to a pinch of s***, if the fa deduct points from rovrum it will be next season. Its in our hands. Three games -6 points please.

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    • April 18, 2015 at 22:15
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      @wallchef: were oh were are these 6 points coming from? Today was our best chance at 3 points and typical of our season we couldn't put the ball in the net. Not down to chopper, he's just clearing up the mental ones mess. Blackburn put 3 past forest so we'll be lucky to get a draw off them. Derby have all to play for so no points there and maybe 1 point from wolves if they don't have a chance for the play offs. 2 points max so get use to div one mate, our best hope was lost today

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      • April 18, 2015 at 23:08
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        @Geoff the lion: yeh f*** it Geoff lets just give up then shall we?

        Blackburn nothing to play for, Derby have to visit the Den which is starting to seem more like the intimidating stadium it should be and then a wolves team likely to have missed out on the playoffs with a certain KJ with a soft spot for his old club on the final day.

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        • April 19, 2015 at 10:56
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          @MFC Lion: it's not about giving up lion, just getting real. It was always a massive ask for chopper when he took over, and to be honest if we had 2 or 3 more games I think we would be safe. Cardiff were the easiest of the games and we needed a win. Blackburn away, at best a draw, forest struggled against them. Derby at home, they are too good and everything to play for. As for Kenny with the soft spot, his team haven't! Lucky if we get 2 points from the next 3, and Rotherham have to lose every game

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          • April 19, 2015 at 18:57
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            @Geoff the lion: was tongue in cheek about KJ and wolves making life easy for us.

            Based on other teams that have fielded ineligible players I really think that Rotherham must be looking at at least a 3 pt deduction. This means that with both of us with 3 games to play there is only a 1 pt gap to overcome, 2 I guess if GD is taken into account.

            I really don't see how thinking that a gap of 2pts with 3 left to play is being wildly optimistic. I'm a realist honest!

            We are playing much better than in recent months and while I admit relegation is a real possibility should the point deduction occur we have a really good chance of staying up still.

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        • April 19, 2015 at 11:30
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          And Dorothy skips up the yellow brick Rd to meet Harry for a game of quiddich at the final whistle....I think you are missing the point MFC ....people are trying to stagger their heartache ....come to terms with the relegation slowly, rather than one massive realisation on the actual day......also to re-affirm their committment to the club in league one. The only real shame when Holloway left was that ambler and the Yank did not go with him ....then we could have had a real fresh start and come back in a couple of years with a real chance of doing more than survive for a season or two, become an established championship team and give it a real go at a season or two in the Prem. Berylsons refusal to back Kenny and waste the subsequent funds he has wasted has set us back about 10 years

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          • April 19, 2015 at 13:11
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            @tonytowneronthewing: I still don't see all this apparent money that Berylson has put in over the past two years. We’ve never been a big-spending club, but this is the least ambitious Millwall regime I can remember for some time – it just seems to be all about survival on the cheap. Apart from a few players like Gregory and Cowan-Hall, we haven't brought in anyone other clubs wanted to keep or who weren't free agents. Our recruitment policy has been quantity over quality – get ‘em in cheap and stack ‘em high.

            For me Berylson’s chairmanship over the past 3-4 years has been poor. He never really backed Kenny and followed up with two awful appointments – keeping Holloway in post while even his blindest supporters could see he was destroying the club. On top of this he's got Ambler as his CEO and made a right pigs-ear of the redevelopment project.

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          • April 19, 2015 at 19:31
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            @tonytowneronthewing: yeah Holloway stayed on too long because of the million quid pay off ...I think he put in Neil to help season ticket sales hes not a football man fair play to him but Im fed up with bargain basement players....if we do stay up which is possible we need 4 quality players

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  • April 18, 2015 at 18:23
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    Everyone is focussed on Rotherham but Brighton ate only 6 pts above us and let's be fair the way the table is there is no chance their gonna get points or Watford or middlesboro

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    • April 18, 2015 at 22:16
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      @cmj23: all well and good mate if we were above them but we need points and probably a win which won't happen

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  • April 18, 2015 at 18:32
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    Not relying on the fa to do us a favour,but a win and two draws without Rotherham picking up,just saying.

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  • April 18, 2015 at 18:41
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    What worries me now is we have to play Derby and Wolves both playing for places in the play offs lets hope we can nick two 1 - 0 wins come on you Lionnnsssss

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  • April 18, 2015 at 18:51
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    It is a good point atleast we didnt conced or lose COYL let get out of this mess maggie should start against Blackburn he derseve 2 start a match everyone played a part good 2 see everyone putting a shift in bomber should get the job he has my vote 1st half we wasn't a threat second half we could of 1 it we played so well should of won today but atleast we got a point COYL COYL NOLU, WDC

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  • April 18, 2015 at 19:11
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    Problem now is we cannot afford to lose or draw arfter this result ,I'm slightly disappointed we should have taken the 3 points as Cardiff to me was the easier of our remaining games and were their for the taking and put more pressure on rovram.

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  • April 18, 2015 at 19:31
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    there is very little chance of us staying up without the 4pts deduction

    yes Brighton might lose both but we still need 7 pts - 2 wins and draw to pass them , I just cant see it

    maybe 1 win and a draw is realistic - then Rotherham need 3 pts to beat us if they are deducted - perhaps they will only get 2 draws ( to me that is the most likely scenario to keep us up)

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  • April 18, 2015 at 20:57
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    wimbledon got a 3 pts deduction for the same offence when the player played one day after his expiry date and he played only as a 2nd half sub. this guy for Rovverum played the full 90 mins. should be 6 pts deducted in my book.
    Blackpool got a fine for the same offence against us because they gained no points from the game.
    Teams must NOT be allowed to gain points from cheating or incompetence,
    Millwall,Wigan,and no doubt Brighton have solisitors watching the situation and ready to pounce if they feel there has been an injustice....fooking right too bloody cheats lol

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  • April 18, 2015 at 22:12
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    Match deduction on Rotheram won't keep us up, winning will and here on in we have to or face relegation,simples!.

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  • April 18, 2015 at 23:53
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    Ifs , buts and pots and pans . I"d be a tinker.. All you boys are clucking at straws..... ( Rotherham deducted points ) If I was manager I would have played 3 at the back and attack, attack.. What have we got to lose.. Draws are no good .. We need wins.. These players should have been read the riot act. They have got our belove club in this situation.. Taking our hard earned sheckles for no results..b lucky boy's

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    • April 19, 2015 at 22:37
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      @teddy.T: can't believe you got 16 dislikes
      Said this all along. The players are meant to be pros. They should put on our shirt and give 110% no matter what it's easy to blame the managers but when 3 o'clock comes that should all go out the window and you have a job to do.
      I played under Harry Criips at crown & Manor then he took me to Southend where he was assistant manager to Bobby Moore I was there for 3 years, had a bad broken ankle and the rest is history. So I half know what I'm talking about. And H would be turning in his grave on the s*** the players keep coming out with.

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  • April 19, 2015 at 00:24
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    Harris needs to get the job next season not matter what division we're in. Real wall

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    • April 19, 2015 at 00:56
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      @DanmillwallB: There has been quite a few games this season where we have dominated for long spells without scoring.
      The problem is this is when you have to hit the back of the net.
      We have not addressed the striker problem now for about two years, and no matter how well you play,
      You have to score goals when on top.
      GTF had a great chance late on at Cardiff and also at Brentford recently to win the game.
      He failed in both games, and that ain't good enough.
      On a brighter note, three clean sheets from the last four games is a marked improvement and something to build on for next season.
      We'll done to Bomber, Livers and co.

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  • April 19, 2015 at 00:59
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    Don't wanna seem ungrateful for the point but ya gotta take those chances when they turn up. It's not like were a freewheeling goal scoring machine. Sounded like there was some bad luck mixed in but s***, no ones gunna help us. A month ago, we wouldn't of even dreamed of a point for the rest of the season but at least now we believing.

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  • April 19, 2015 at 01:40
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    p***** off Cardiff was there for the taking GTF has cost us 4 points the miss at Brentford & the Bulls up he made sat. I like the bloke but someone of his experience should be putting those chances away. This is 2 points dropped not one gained. Rant over time for another beer.

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    • April 19, 2015 at 09:09
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      @block 28: Although could not be at game just seen GTF miss,no comment on it agree with you that an the miss against Brentford considering time of match 4 pts gone,be at Blackburn on Tuesday heres hoping

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  • April 19, 2015 at 09:55
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    What ever happens Bomber should get the job, no question, a complete no brain'er as far as I am concerned. I was not at the match but it seems from the TV and what others have said we were much better in the second half which again shows what I have said before Neil is making half time adjustments that improve us which must show that he is a capable manager. He can only do so much oncw the palyers are on the pitch, we had two very good chances in the second half to score he can only set up a side that can create those positions, when the ball came back to GTF you would have put money on him getting a shot on target and Beevers shot off the bar was two inches away from going in such fine margins are what determines seasons. I watched the reaction at Bristol City yesterday on TV, eighteen months ago they went down and the mood now has turned full circle the fans have had a brilliant season in league one, I honestly believe that going down next year, giving the existing management team a full pre-season with our youngsters and the experienced committed players i.e Jimmy etc, who they now know whilst having a clear out might just be the best thing for the club.

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    • April 19, 2015 at 10:33
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      We are now ninth in the form tables since Neil took over

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    • April 19, 2015 at 12:12
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      @lennie the lion: when I said committed players one should be Carlos, all our troubles this year started after he was injured, great role model for the youngsters. Quote from Millwall physio Bobby Bacic,
      He (Carlos) has started some light outdoor work and continues to make good progress," "That has pleased some of the U21 group, who he took for a gym fitness session earlier this week and finished half of them off!"

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  • April 19, 2015 at 11:15
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    I can't believe all the negativity on here a month ago we were dead and buried and not fancying our chances in league 1 too much now we are potentially if rovrum get docked 3 points which they have to really 1 win from safety and even if we go down with the editions of Fred and Paris and a new striker we look like we could be a real force in league 1 and come back up stronger as a club what is to be negative about? Lets just all get behind our "wall" come what may

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    • April 19, 2015 at 12:03
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      @exiledlion: totally agree with everything you said,in 56 years supporting them seen many ups and downs,lets look forward to the ups under Neil and Livers

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  • April 19, 2015 at 12:56
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    its gonna be down to the last game at Wolves which is a miracle after Holloway ....the fat lady is on the bus to Rovrum

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  • April 19, 2015 at 14:17
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    Look on the positive side the three games we have left have there problems for our opponents as well.
    Blackburn have no promotion ambitions,so are playing open football,they scored three against forest,but they scored three as well,which mean's blackburn will leave more gap's at the back than usual,so if we play tight at the back as we have been for the last few game's,who know's what will happen.
    As for Derby and Wolves it look's as though they will have to be careful and not mess up or their chance a of play off place will be gone,so their mindset will not be the same as usual which could mean they wont play their normal game against us,again if we play tight at the back we could frustrate them and then take advantage of any mistake's they could make.
    Whatever the result at blackburn,us fan's have to turn out in full against Derby.
    Remember fella's IT AIT OVER TILL IT'S OVER,SO PLEASE CUT THE NEGATIVITY.
    COYL

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  • April 19, 2015 at 14:49
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    You are unable to say how it is on here.. The trolls tell you go and support palace or charlton.. Mugs .. Harris got it wrong yesterday.. Me and real fans would not of blame him , if we went 3 at the back and attack , attack .. Trust me , their boys was just treading water. How Taylor fletcher miss that one lol..not shore about Harris now.. It's as if he knows we are down and when he goes for the mangers job. He will just say " look at my stat" ..we fear no foe was not there today.

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    • April 19, 2015 at 18:50
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      @teddy.T: no one likes that :) no one can accuse you of going with the flow so fair play to you for speaking telling it as you see it, Teddy. The changes Harris made, made a big difference for the good, you can't legislate for players duffing shots, and who else could he have used? I think Harris has done the best he could have, with the players at his disposal and that's all a manager can do. Weather or not he is the best manager available to us next season who knows? but Harris gets my vote of confidence but so did I. H. so I guess my judgement is flawed. Millwall till I die no matter what league we're playing in.

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    • April 19, 2015 at 19:13
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      @teddy.T: you haven't got a clue how the game would have turned out had he gone 3 at the back and attack attack attack!

      Based on previous games where we went to 3 at the back and tried to force the issue its more likely that Cardiff would have hit us on the break and beaten us 1 or 2-0 instead.

      Your entitled to your opinion and I wouldn't tell you to go support anyone else but most seem to disagree with you.

      Beevers within inches of scoring and f*** knows what happened with that effort from Gary at the end. Nothing Harris could do about that. He made the subs bringing on fuller and GTF to create that great chance and Gary fluffed it. It happens.

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    • April 19, 2015 at 21:25
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      @teddy.T: 3 at the back..aint you been paying attention this season..every time we've tried it we got smashed..your obviously a holloway fan

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  • April 19, 2015 at 19:48
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    Home to Derby......could be a repeat of play offs ......after the game

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    • April 19, 2015 at 22:17
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      @SE17 Lion: everyone celebrating the prospect of a day out at Wembley......... Oh you meant the Birmingham one

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