Millwall's Harris: Shrewsbury win sets benchmark for season

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NEIL Harris didn’t want to single out any of his players for special praise following their Sky Bet League One win over Shrewsbury.

Having been unlucky not to go in ahead at the break, the Lions found themselves 1-0 down ten minutes into the second half.

But Millwall responded well and Fred Onyedinma teed up Steve Morison for the equaliser before Morison was fouled in the box with Lee Gregory expertly finding the top corner from the spot.

Shrewsbury boss Micky Mellon felt that the first goal helped Millwall more than his side and Harris agreed with him

He said: “I was absolutely delighted with the performance. Other than the spell after half-time leading up to the goal I thought we dominated and managed the game really well.

“As a unit we were disappointed not to come in leading at half-time. We didn’t start the second half particularly well and then went behind, but it was a really well-worked goal by them.

“It was obviously disappointing to concede but the reaction from the players and the performance afterwards was outstanding.

“That sets a benchmark for the season, not just the 15 minutes after it but the whole performance.”

Millwall had two excellent chances to go ahead in the first half, first when Lee Martin’s deflected free-kick was tipped over by Jayson Leutwiler before Abu Ogogo cleared Mark Beevers' header off the line.

Harris denied he was worried those missed opportunities would come back to haunt his side after Shrewsbury went ahead.

“It’s a bit early in the season to be getting worried!” he joked. “We were disappointed because we’d spoken how if we were going to concede it might be from a cross into the box or a set-piece because they’ve got real ability.

“I knew what a good side Micky Mellon had here and that was plain to see. But I thought my team was excellent today.

“It’s only the first one, the first win, but it sets a marker down as to the level of performance we want to be delivering week in, week out.”

Meanwhile Harris said he hasn’t decided on his starting line-up for Tuesday night’s League Cup tie against Barnet but said there would not be “wholesale changes”.



15 thoughts on “Millwall's Harris: Shrewsbury win sets benchmark for season

  • August 8, 2015 at 21:13

    Never in doubt, cmon you lions!

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    • August 8, 2015 at 21:17

      @seanmfc: plenty more 3 points and hope to find our way in and around the top 6 by the end of the season

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      • August 8, 2015 at 21:50

        @bluelion10: it's going to be a long season and 100% won't be a walkover but I'm optimistic about promotion

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  • August 8, 2015 at 22:01

    Well done Bomber. Credit where credit's due!

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