Millwall must cut out silly free-kicks says boss Neil Harris

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NEIL Harris was pleased with the aggression shown by his players against CD Tondela – but he wants to ensure it’s channelled in the correct manner.

Saturday’s match contained several flashpoints, with referee Lee Collins brandishing yellow cards to John Marquis and Pica.

There were also a number of robust challenges that raised tempers on both sides and had it been a league game there may not have been 22 players on the pitch at the final whistle.

The Portuguese made their intentions clear from the start with some crisp, intricate passing to manoeuvre their way out of tight areas, but they also showed they were able to mix it when the physical ante was upped.

Tondela went ahead after Millwall had given away a free-kick on the right and Luis Tinoco’s in-swinger eluded everyone to find the far corner of David Forde’s goal.

And Harris wants his side to be more wary of giving away sloppy free-kicks.

He said: “There’s a difference between being a Millwall player and a Millwall team with aggression, passion and desire, and being petulant and giving silly free-kicks away anywhere on the pitch.

“We want a flow to the game. We want the game to be fast and open, end to end, but if we’re giving cheap free-kicks away like we did (on Saturday) at times then the game’s not going to flow.

“But it was an excellent test for us against a fast, organised team leading up to the start of the season.”

Meanwhile Harris was relieved that a couple of players whose pre-seasons have been disrupted by injury emerged unscathed from the game.

“We got an excellent 75 minutes from Lee Martin,” he said. “His running and pace is always going to be there but he has added an end product to it in pre-season, getting balls in the box with quality for other players to get on the end of.

“He’s edging in the right direction and it’s good he got those 75 minutes.

“Lee Gregory got 90 minutes which was really important. Some of his movement was really good. Some of his running off the ball was excellent. It was really key that they came through the game.

“There was loads of really good stuff, but we were disappointed with the manner of the goals and the timing of them as well.”

John Kelly

(@jkelly1882)

16 thoughts on “Millwall must cut out silly free-kicks says boss Neil Harris

  • August 3, 2015 at 08:30
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    Marquis would def have picked up 2 yellows if that was a league game, perhaps he was frustrated with his own performance, we play with 2 wingers but still do not have anyone who would be a danger getting on the end of any crosses, hope it gets sorted soon, as we all know what we need

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  • August 3, 2015 at 08:56
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    ....................... have we signed a striker yet ?

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  • August 3, 2015 at 09:05
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    We need more than a striker, he's got to drop forde now and give Archer a crack surely can't be any worse off.

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  • August 3, 2015 at 09:55
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    Just signed Morro again on a season loan

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  • August 3, 2015 at 10:10
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    Leeds pal i say Pal work pal said its to be announced later on or tomorrow. Cant see nothing anyway yet though. Never good!

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  • August 3, 2015 at 10:26
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    I would prefer the headline "Millwall must sign a striker says Harris".

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  • August 3, 2015 at 11:21
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    Movement. ..running off the ball......ffs Gregory anything but score a goal. Heard enough of this type of rubbish about him now score goals or go that's what he's paid go do. This is football not Strinctly !

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    • August 3, 2015 at 12:08
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      @Lincolnshire Lion:
      Quite difficult to score if there is no service and no one provides you any chances. Most of our chances fell to Marquis who seemed to want too many touches each time. Then there's Lee Martin crossing it to the invisible man at the far post more often than not.

      Please drop Fordey and give Archer a go NH!

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  • August 3, 2015 at 11:39
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    Disappointed with the timing of the goals, is there a time to concede goals that wouldn't be disappointing? maybe if we were 3 up and the opposition scored with 30 seconds of added time left to play, that wouldn't be too disappointing now would it?
    we scored 2 against decent opposition so that is a plus.

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  • August 3, 2015 at 11:50
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    Yes, we need to cut out conceding free kicks, but also we need to apply a bit more pressure on the opposing team when we take them ourselves. Went to the game and can safely say that I can only remember 2 of our own free kicks that caused them problems. One being the goal, and the other, one that was dropped back post. My point being is that we need to stop dinking and floating the ball in the box, as soon as Lee Martin stepped up and whipped one in, we scored! We are dangerous enough from our own set plays, which is worrying.

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  • August 3, 2015 at 12:06
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    I don't know what they have worked on all summer but not much has changed! Personnel wise and the fact we got no one who can head a ball! Got a 2 bob goalie a forward line that are goal shy! In all my time watching millwall have I ever seen such a clueless team like this!

    Bring the young fella archer thru he can't be no worse than forde! Give the boy a go! Williams is another weak point! Too light weight and doesn't offer much of anything to be honest. Going to be another relegation scrap again I'm afraid!

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  • August 3, 2015 at 13:00
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    Really hope I'm surprised by the young players this season ,I'm trying to get motivated by the new signings plus no doubt Morison having another spell at the club,just shows how we struggle to get better players in,just hope he's up for it ,he wasn't the last time around!!, as I've said already I'm not a great fan of Marquis and Williams ,the latter a supposed dead ball person who wasn't and scoring was poor ,marquis too,Fred is our better bet and hope philpot,Thompson, give a good account of themselves and obrien ,Gregory needs goals to,not just run the channels and movement, that means no goals in manager speak!!

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  • August 3, 2015 at 15:04
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    Harris is starting to sound more and more like Holloway by the day, stick to the facts Neil, don't spoil your good repuation with garbage talk, if there is nothing to say then say nothing, we all know Forde is s*** , Marquis is a donkey and we need to sign a striker.............................

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  • August 4, 2015 at 19:10
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    I've been saying for 3 years Forde is a liability, he simply has to go....

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