Manager Harris expresses delight with Millwall youngsters

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MILLWALL manager Neil Harris was happy with his young side’s display after Tuesday’s game at Bromley. 

The Lions drew 2-2 with the Conference Premier new boys with ten academy players in the squad Harris took to Hayes Lane.

And he was thrilled with how the youngsters handled themselves, picking out midfielders Fred Onyedinma and Kris Twardek for special mentions.

“I’m delighted to see so many young players on the pitch,” Harris said.

“With that, bad decisions will come and so will playing at 100 miles per hour  at times. I've been there myself; you want to impress and show everybody what you're about.

“I was delighted with some senior players and how they dictated the game at times.

“We're blessed that we have young players with energy, with Kris Twardek coming on and Fred Onyedinma, who was outstanding.

“With Aiden O’Brien, John Marquis, Jimmy Abdou and Joe Martin, we have players with real energy who can carry the ball up the pitch.

“Kris has got huge potential and he's one we will have to be patient with but, as you can see, I won't be afraid to give boys an opportunity.”

Harris also said that although Onyedinma is one of a number of talented youngsters coming through the Lions’ system, fans must be patient with him this season.

“I think Fred showed what he is all about tonight,” Harris added.

“He is just 18 years old, he's a super talent and he has had a really successful loan period.

“He's a young man who is going to be on fire one minute, then slightly off it the next.

“We will have to be patient with Fred and with the other young lads and realise he isn't going to be the finished article every minute of every game.

“But in spells he will set the world alight and score goals. He will give us an end product and carry the ball up the pitch.”

The Millwall boss also praised Martin’s performance after the left-back made his debut following his move from Gillingham this summer.

“I’m really pleased with Joe, he did really well.

“Any player making his debut, and you could see with Tony (Craig)too, they want to do really well in their first game.

“Joe showed what he is about. He has a really good delivery and looks to get forward.”

Jay Taylor


23 thoughts on “Manager Harris expresses delight with Millwall youngsters

  • July 15, 2015 at 09:34

    Improvement needed joe Martin looked comfortable Fred constant threat but with no end product but he will improve. Was good in patches. Not many clear cut chances through moments of brilliance a forgettable game. Only are first friendly. Looking for a improvement at afc Wimbledon. Harris has a job on his hands from what I watched early days we live in hope

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  • July 15, 2015 at 09:35

    I thought the youngsters played well... To be fair though the only tactics I heard from our dug out was.... Shape... Movement and Push up...

    I was behind dug out all game... The youngsters played well IMO

    friendlys are nothing to go by though.

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