Millwall manager Neil Harris wants senior players to step up

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NEIL Harris wants more from his senior players as Millwall aim to end their losing sequence at home against Peterborough tomorrow.

Seven homegrown players featured in the defeat to Chesterfield on Saturday, including three teenagers.

Sid Nelson, Ben Thompson and Fred Onyedinma were joined in the starting line-up by Jack Powell, who made his first league start this season.

Harris was happier with an improved performance in the second half against the Spireites, but says he still hasn’t found the “right formula” for his side.

He explained. “If we can build momentum, which we did, then the fans will get behind us and if we keep creating chances then the goals will come.

“Unfortunately the chances did come but the goals didn’t which ultimately means we’ve gone another game without a home win.

“It’s difficult, you want to play in front of your fans, you want this to be a fortress.

“It’s not quite right so I have to search for the right formula of players and formation.

“But when we had the ball Jack did well. He gives us balance in midfield and I think in the second half when we were on top Jack was pivotal to what we did.

“He gave us a calmness in midfield and gives you quality set-play delivery.

“Some of the senior players haven’t necessarily performed outstandingly well at home and have had the feelings of the fans known to them, so we freshened up with the young lads.

"But with the young lads comes mistakes and lack of knowhow sometimes.

“It’s about getting the balance right.”

Dean Saunders, meanwhile, felt his side coped well with Millwall’s direct strategy and praised his goalkeeper Tommy Lee after he had made a couple of impressive saves.

He said: “That’s a good result for us and in the first half we played as well as we can play, we kept the ball off them. I don’t think they had a shot until 75 minutes.

“I knew at some stage they’d get a grip of what we were doing and eventually, a bit of it our fault and a bit of it their determination, they came out for the second half, rolled their sleeves up and had a right go at us.

“It’s difficult to play against when they’re that direct, their back four were just booming it on top of us and they’ve got some strong players up there.

“I’ve worked with Steve Morison and he’s a good player, uses his body well. We didn’t pick the second ball up at times and they were getting chances and Tommy Lee has made two great saves.”

John Kelly

(@jkelly1882)

67 thoughts on “Millwall manager Neil Harris wants senior players to step up

  • August 31, 2015 at 13:23
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    Its obvious you cant play jimmy and ben in mid.we did a seasoned pro who knows how to pass and close players down..that way be it jim or ben they can learn a lot in a shorter space of time

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    • August 31, 2015 at 17:10
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      @Jim28:

      this isn't news by the way - it is re-hash of comments made after the match -

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  • August 31, 2015 at 13:29
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    Think its about time our manager stood up to neil don't you

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