Millwall boss pleased with "extremely competitive" friendly

© Edmund Boyden
© Edmund Boyden

NEIL Harris declared himself pleased with Millwall's opening pre-season fixture.

The Lions conceded a late equaliser in a 2-2 draw with Bromley on Tuesday after goals from John Marquis and Ben Thompson had put them in front.

Marquis' penalty and Thompson's tap-in gave Millwall the advantage before Tony Craig scored a spectacular own goal to level proceedings.

But Harris felt a keenly contested fixture aided his side's efforts to build up fitness for the new season.

"First and foremost we got the minutes," he said.

"Minutes and an extremely competitive fixture were the two things we were after.

"I was delighted with some individual performances and individual play, and team play in small spells.

"I believed we wouldn't be as fluid as we want to be but I think that'll be the case for the next couple of weeks while we get ready for August 8.

"I'm delighted with the two goals we scored and we could have scored more. I would have loved to have won the game."

Harris said his team were disappointed at failing to secure the victory.

"With their first goal we could have defended it better, that's for sure," he explained.

"For their second goal, I don't think Tony will score a better goal than that in his career! But that happens.

"The boys looked disappointed. They wanted to win, and we want a winning mentality."

Jay Taylor

(@jay_taylor18)

16 thoughts on “Millwall boss pleased with "extremely competitive" friendly

  • July 15, 2015 at 01:06
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    Good effort from the lads. Fred was a constant threat, he could be our player of the season. Defensively, I think we'll be alright - we do need a winger and a striker though.

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  • July 15, 2015 at 06:27
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    good crowd much better than last season i stand corrected on last seasons friendly it was 3-1 not 3-0 as i wrote in a previous post.to be honest, bromley town are a very good side and surprised alot of people i am sure.They took the game to millwall in the first half with lots of end to end stuff with some strong tackling from both sides second half millwall looked very good in patches and a penalty given away by the clumsy lunge from there centre half resulting in a much protested penalty(which was a dead cert penalty)and a tap in soon after.i must admit leaving a packed hayes lane i thought we had scored a third not realising t.c. had scored a beaut for them .more options up front for millwall are needed and perhaps a new striker may bring that.oh by the way bromley hit the crossbar second half which was not mentioned but the writing on the wall looks good all the young lads played for the shirt well done.

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    • July 15, 2015 at 08:08
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      @millwallbuilder: I must have been at another ground. We were pants and looked fragile all over the pitch. A long season ahead.

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      • July 15, 2015 at 09:41
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        @wallchef: remember half the players who played are our development squad. I thought the kids did well against a well organised and experienced Bromley team. We did lack organisation and tactics though

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  • July 15, 2015 at 08:36
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    Two 0.0's and a draw with Bromley. This had better get better FAST.

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    • July 16, 2015 at 01:16
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      @Lincolnshire Lion:
      The 0-0 vs fulham was only 60 minutes long, and during a pre season tour so it's highly unlikely there were many challenges flying in. And the 2nd 0-0 was the youth team? Not 1 first team player was in the squad? Chill out.

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  • July 15, 2015 at 08:55
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    If we're judging the match on purely fitness and losing any rustiness that may have crept in then the evening can be deemed a relative success. The game was physical, almost identical to an end of season game with nothing but pride to play for, and most of our players, though only playing 45 minutes, seemed to cope well with the pace of the match.

    Fred looked mesmerising at times and will, as long as we can keep him, play a key role this season. Shaun Williams played some excellent stuff and his partnership with Ed Upson looks promising.

    However, there are a few worries. Millwall fan and clearly passionate about the club aside, Sid nelson risks becoming a liability if he continues to let his heart rule his head. Some of the tackle s he made put himself at risk in a meaningless game and he will also find himself being sent off frequently if he doesn't understand that the World has football has moved on since Terry Hurlock played. Also, the ease at which Conference level defenders coped with the threat of O'Brien and Marquis was worrying. If Neil Harris is adamant that we only need 4 strikers we will, yet again, struggle to score goals and if we don't score enough goals we will not only struggle to challenge for promotion but also find ourselves in a fight to stay up.

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    • July 15, 2015 at 09:29
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      @SE16 Wall:

      I agree and wasn't at the match - the things you said are broadly what we know

      I would say O'Brien has more potential than marquis - he is quicker and more skilful - playing with Gregory we might get away with it, but yes it shows how paper thin the squad is

      harris needs to sort out the CB positions quickly because to me we have 4 very similar ability players there - none outstanding

      PCH might be the winger - if he can ever be fit

      overall we need at least two quality players to come in and I mean quality - real top end L1 or we wont challenge for top 6

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  • July 15, 2015 at 10:23
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    Let's Face It We Are Not Going To Get Anymore Players In No C.F No Winger No F All This Board Will Continue To Mug All The True Fans Off Till There Is No Millwall Left ? As A Force In The South London Area We Are In A Sorry State Never Ever Thought In My Lifetime The Train spotters Would Be Bigger Than Us .63 years Old This Year Been Going Down the Den Old And New Since I Was Seven Seen Some Bloody Good Players Plenty Of s*** Aswell I Just Don't Know What Direction We Are Going In These Kids Are Going To Have To Grow Up Quick To Stop This Downward Spirrel That We Seem To Be In. This Board Don't Talk The Talk And Its a Certainty Don't Do The Walk The Chairman And Ambler Don't Give A Flying s*** About Us Otherwise They Would Be Giving Harris The Money He Needs What Happened To We Move On To Our Next Target What A Load Of Old Flannel We Ain't Getting No One Only Freeby That These Other Big Clubs Don't Want ie Brentford Who Would Ever Have Thought That I Will Allways Support This Club But The Ride Is Getting More And More Messy .So Confused

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  • July 15, 2015 at 10:27
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    Let's Face It We Are Not Going To Get Anymore Players In No C.F No Winger No Nothing All This Board Will Continue To Mug All The True Fans Off Till There Is No Millwall Left ? As A Force In The South London Area We Are In A Sorry State Never Ever Thought In My Lifetime The Train spotters Would Be Bigger Than Us .63 years Old This Year Been Going Down the Den Old And New Since I Was Seven Seen Some Bloody Good Players Plenty Of s*** Aswell I Just Don't Know What Direction We Are Going In These Kids Are Going To Have To Grow Up Quick To Stop This Downward Spirrel That We Seem To Be In. This Board Don't Talk The Talk And Its a Certainty Don't Do The Walk The Chairman And Ambler Don't Give A Flying s*** About Us Otherwise They Would Be Giving Harris The Money He Needs What Happened To We Move On To Our Next Target What A Load Of Old Flannel We Ain't Getting No One Only Freeby That These Other Big Clubs Don't Want ie Brentford Who Would Ever Have Thought That I Will Allways Support This Club But The Ride Is Getting More And More Messy .So Confused

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    • July 15, 2015 at 11:43
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      @S.A.S: Trying to make sense of what you have written has confused me.
      You may find this link useful https://www.englishclub.com/writing/caps0.htm

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  • July 15, 2015 at 13:51
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    @ Steve .. Let the old man have he's say. Don't through sarcasm at him. He has paid he's dew to Millwall over the years to have he's say.

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  • July 15, 2015 at 17:56
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    Thank you very much to long in the tooth get hooked on that one I don't know how old steve is But if he's anyway near me he would understand it's the millwall way they give you good times And give you bad times but that has never stopped me going there .Cf wise In This Div if only there was a Alf Wood out There And Winger wise A Derek Possee you can only Dream we muller that Div

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  • July 15, 2015 at 21:49
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    millwall players fit and ready..after portugal.bromley 2 days in clacton

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