Patience with youngsters is key says Millwall boss Harris

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MANAGER Neil Harris has called for patience with Millwall's young players.

The Lions ended Saturday's 1-1 draw against Wimbledon with nine academy graduates on the pitch.

Academy product Jack Powell took the corner that initially set-up fellow graduate Sid Nelson for a last minute equaliser at Kingsmeadow.

And Harris has said his young stars will make mistakes but, they will improve with support from all associated with the club.

"They're going to make bad decisions but we need to be patient." Harris said.

"Yeah, they're going to be exciting, but they're going to have time.

"Fred Onyedinma certainly and Kris Twardek possibly they're going to be in the team and flying and then they'll make mistakes in the odd game or two where they might not be at it.

"That's where we need to be patient as a group and as a manger and certainly as a fan base.

"These guys are hopefully going to be at this club for a long time and push us through the divisions, to get us where want to be."

Jay Taylor

(@jay_taylor18)

31 thoughts on “Patience with youngsters is key says Millwall boss Harris

  • July 21, 2015 at 09:11
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    Words of wisdom patients and time youngsters will come good

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    • July 21, 2015 at 09:26
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      @dave666: that's all well & good but we know how patient & encouraging a lot of our support can be, I worry we'll be in trouble if we don't hit the ground running?
      We must get the right players in to give these lads a chance, could be very exciting times & the start of a new era for us or if not done properly things could go horribly wrong?
      I hope we give this young team every chance, I'm buzzing at the idea of what's being built but think it will be a long hard season, play offs with what we have would be an excellent achievement?

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      • July 21, 2015 at 10:31
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        @matmillwall: let's be honest here , the only reason Bomber is putting all the kids in U.S. Because we have no money to bring experienced players in and I think his words are to prepare us for a season of struggle. Whatever happens the crowd mustn't get on their backs though.

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      • July 21, 2015 at 10:33
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        @matmillwall: Steve most including your posts are well thought out and correct in all they say. I can't argue there points. All I say is don't s*** our youngsters off we all know this season we need better players in its obvious we have needed better players the last 3 seasons. Question the clubs ambition yes. Questions the boards appointments yes. Question the managers performance yes. Harris is a new manager needs time youngsters need time to improve I don't like what I watch or see no more than any other fan. But me throwing my toys our wont change a thing so I will be patient with our new manager and young team I do question the ambition of our chairman

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  • July 21, 2015 at 09:26
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    Yes lots of patience for the youngsters but coupled with a good blend of hungry
    experienced players who know their way around the divisions

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    • July 21, 2015 at 13:48
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      @DenDan: yes mate we can't blame the players if they put in their best we have to stay behind them. Also Harris will need time.

      I'm not expecting too much, as long as we finish comfortable top half and the players gel I will be happy x

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  • July 21, 2015 at 09:28
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    Shame he already feels like he has to put this statement out as the boo boys have started before the f****** season has!

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  • July 21, 2015 at 09:30
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    I was impressed by twardek so direct which you want from a winger and where's he's going had no fear looks a decent player Fred looked still so raw to me

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  • July 21, 2015 at 09:48
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    Here's what I would like to know before the season starts -
    - What is Pete Garston doing... Fan on the board "apparently", not heard a thing from the guy??
    - Harris to come out and say what our expectations are for the season, as by the look of it, it isn't promotion??
    - Any update with the redevelopment around our ground??
    - JB to come out along with Ambler and explain "3rd biggest budget in the league".... where's the money for players, is there any as we always look to be scrapping the barrel??
    - What is the scouting department doing?? We have 2 ex-Aldershot Town guys there, assume we are only looking at lower leagues and lower-lower league players (but we have the 3rd highest budget in the league)??

    Every season I will try to get to as many games as possible and support the club I have supported, love the youngsters coming through and will always back our own... but all I want from our club is a bit of honesty as it seems we have all been fed a lot of boll**** over the years and just truly fed up of it!

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  • July 21, 2015 at 10:03
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    Not to sure this is any different to how it should be for any player, what ever age, that is wearing the shirt perhaps just more so with youngsters. We pride ourselves on being passionate fans but I have never understood what benefit it will ever be by berating a player every time a pass goes wrong or a mistake is made, the only thing that happens is that the opposition get a lift. Please, please stop having a go at our players can we just assume they are doing their best and if not Neil can see as well as we can and action is taken.

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    • July 21, 2015 at 10:21
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      @lennie the lion: I've been saying this for a few years... we are "supporters" and the clue is in the word.... support!

      Players get confidence and a buzz from the crowd, FACT and the crowd get a buzz from the players! Years ago we used to sing after we conceded, sing when we were 4-0 down, sing when we didn't have the ball, sing when we fu**ed up... but over the last 3 or so years the sh** which has happened seems to have taken it out of many and it seems berating players is better than supporting them!!

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  • July 21, 2015 at 10:09
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    I do hope the majority of our realistic supporters give the lads time as turning up weekly and jumping on every mistake wont help anyone but im already worried that our club is doing everything on the cheap (yet again ) and in the long run this may back fire on us . The striker situation is beyond a joke we have in recent years had no real goals from midfield players yes Fred and a couple of the lads have been scoring whilst on loan and hopefully they will come good but if we struggle to score again in this division im not sure how much patience people will have . I totally understand the club is in the middle of a complete overhaul from the scouting to the youth set up but looking at the lack of real investment on the pitch im actually starting to think JB has possibly taken us as far as he can .
    It would be unforgivable if Bomber and our young players were hung out to dry because our chairman and his advisors biggest ever gamble backfired on them .

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  • July 21, 2015 at 10:23
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    I've seen we are rumoured to be looking at getting Steve Morison back but it means actually spending money.... anyone fancy starting a whip?

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    • July 21, 2015 at 10:26
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      @Bradders:

      They'll apparently listen to any reasonable offers, likewise the other two strikers they're off loading.

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      • July 21, 2015 at 10:31
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        @Millwallsteve1972: "reasonable offers".... that would rule us out then... unless they are happy to accept £100k and whatever we can find lying around the stadium.

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        • July 21, 2015 at 10:36
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          @Bradders:

          Exactly Bradders, bit of a how long is a piece of string time!

          What about the Hanson money as our third bid was accepted - beats me.

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          • July 21, 2015 at 10:46
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            @Millwallsteve1972: I understand we lost a lot of money having to get rid of 2 managers and paying for the academy, but since then we have got a manager who is on less than our last 3 managers, got rid of 18 players who were on large wages, sold more season tickets & memberships this year than last year and Berylson came out either last season or the season before and said it costs less to run the club in league 1 than it does in the championship because of player wages and the fact we generally get the same amount of supporters.... so where is the money?

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  • July 21, 2015 at 10:42
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    Millwall are looking at a similar player to AOB..aint heard much of him but its stoke's 20 striker 6ft.5 george waring.who was on loan to barnsley scored 6 in 19..

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    • July 21, 2015 at 10:45
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      @Jim28:

      Knows this league to a limited degree, not had a look in with any games at Stoke last season.

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Waring_(footballer)

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  • July 21, 2015 at 10:45
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    Plus fordy is staying..great news for the boo boys

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  • July 21, 2015 at 10:56
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    wouldn't it be great if a few of the kids make It and wouldn't it be even better if the club didn't sell them on as soon as they get a chance

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  • July 21, 2015 at 11:20
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    We have the third biggest budget in league 1 or so it's been said, does this mean we have the third largest amount of cash available to spend on signing new players or is some of that budget spent on the day to day running of the club including wages? if this is the case we may if our clubs running costs are higher than others end up having less money for new signings than a club with a smaller budget but lower running costs.
    Now lets for arguments sake say that the budget for all clubs in league 1 means the total amount of money available this season to run the clubs and buy players and all clubs are run as equally efficient as the others, this would mean that the team with the biggest budget would have the biggest buying power, an advantage no doubt if used wisely, on the other hand if some clubs are run less efficiently than others this advantage would diminish and clubs with smaller budgets could in theory have more funds available for new signings if they are run more efficiently than some of the clubs with bigger budgets.
    So not to forget my original question, does the budget mean funds available for all expenditure for the season or is it solely money available to buy new players?

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    • July 21, 2015 at 11:32
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      @john H: From what I've read and understand its the overall expenditure for the season, but only relates to the playing budget (wages, new signings, contract renewals, agent fees etc).

      If our club was very well efficiently run (for instance looking at every little expenditure and saving where possible) we would certainly have the power to buy players... after all JB is meant to be the business man here! No idea what "The Hood" (Thunderbirds) Ambler does to help the "business"...

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  • July 21, 2015 at 16:53
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    The last player to score 20 goals a season for us? Teddy.

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  • July 21, 2015 at 17:58
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    our youngsters will need games to improve.......no good in a losing team though.......the money bid for Hanson needs to be spent...........check out Twardek on You Tube......." Twardek Brothers ".....

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  • July 22, 2015 at 05:24
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    The concerns I have with the youngsters is the lack of experience. Fordey will undoubtably leave the club before the end of the window which will leave us with a very young goal keeper in archer and king as back up. I'm actually glad we signed Craig instead of mawson as we would've had a very inexperienced back line. A striker is essential to us not plummeting from the start and even more crucial to have someone with a wealth of experience. Craig Davies would've been my choice but sadly he's found a new club. Not sure about Morison, the lad has ability but his attitude and work rate and dropped a huge amount since leaving the club, which was certainly how he got so many goals the first time round. Hanson would've also been a good choice seeing as he knows the league well and has the ability to get stuck in. There's definitely a shortage of available strikers in all leagues so I can't think of any other names. Hopefully we can get someone in before the end of the window.

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