Millwall boss pleased with display despite Wimbledon draw

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MILLWALL boss Neil Harris thought his side dominated in the 1-1 draw with Wimbledon at Kingsmeadow on Saturday. 

The Lions, however, needed a last-minute equaliser from Sid Nelson, who headed in a Mark Beevers flick-on to preserve the unbeaten start to pre-season.

Wimbledon had taken the lead inside 20 minutes when Lyle Taylor slotted home seconds after Aiden O’Brien was stretched off with suspected ankle ligament damage.

And the Millwall manager said that, apart than the Dons’ small pockets of pressure, his side dominated the game and deserved at least a draw.

Harris explained: “I think, other than the three or four-minute spell in the first half, where Wimbledon were quite direct and obviously scored the goal, we dominated.

“And other than a 90-second to two-minute spell in the second half, where they had a couple of corners and efforts on goal, I thought we controlled the game.

“We just weren't as clinical as I would like but that comes with time.

“I never used to score goals in pre-season but found the net during the season and that'll eventually come from all over the park.”

Nelson headed home an added-time equaliser after Jack Powell, who looked threatening from corners after coming on in the second half, sent in another dangerous in-swinger.

“I'm pleased we scored,” Harris said. “The chances we created came from set-plays. We looked a threat and it just becomes the desire to want to score the goal. Sid Nelson showed us that.

“I was pleased with all the young players when they came on, that’s the crop of youngsters we have. I think both teams almost finished like an U21s game but I was pleased with all the young boys.

“Even in the first half we had chances, we could have scored a couple of goals.”

He added: “The game against Bromley, where we worked extremely hard before the game, was not going to be the sharpest exercise, it was about getting minutes in the legs. Today was a little bit fresher but, as you can see, we still have work to do.

“The important thing is that we need to learn from the little mistakes we are making and getting punished for and make sure they won’t happen during the season.

“That’s two games in a row we’ve conceded one opportunity and both teams have scored. We need to cut out those little errors and keep concentrating on what we are doing.

“We also need to be a little bit more clinical in and around the area, while making slightly better decisions in wider areas.”

O’Brien went down on 14 minutes after rolling his ankle inside the penalty area, and he was subsequently stretched off.

“I’m concerned – he won’t be fit to train Monday,” Harris said. “Where we go from there [with O'Brien] at the moment, I don't know.

“Aiden needs to be checked and he will have an x-ray and a scan as players do when they go off on a stretcher. We will assess the injury and hope for the best.”

Jay Taylor


110 thoughts on “Millwall boss pleased with display despite Wimbledon draw

  • July 18, 2015 at 20:35

    "Where we go from there at the moment, I don't know" we go out and sign two strikers Bomber, our season hasn't even started and our players are already beset by injuries will this set the tone for a physical season in L1.

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    • July 18, 2015 at 20:50

      @Bexley_Lion: A statement like that from bomber doesnt inspire me with confidence.

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  • July 18, 2015 at 20:55

    I said ages ago they won't put there hands in there pockets one big struggle this season if anyone was coming in they would be there for the portugal trip squad to small to inexperienced injurys started allready it's getting messy

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