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


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

  • July 15, 2015 at 01:06

    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

    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 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

      @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

        @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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