Millwall manager: We played with freedom and expression

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MILLWALL boss Neil Harris outlined his satisfaction with the all-round performance of his side after seeing them finally win at home this season.

Shaun Williams exemplified the Lions’ persistence as he popped up in the box in injury time to head the winner against Peterborough.

Harris picked out Williams and the returning Carlos Edwards for praise as the duo combined for the clinching goal with the clock running down and the tie looking like it would have to be decided by penalties.

Edwards was superb at right-back and the result was the perfect tonic before the international break as Millwall halted a run of four successive defeats at home.

“First and foremost we played extremely well at times,” Harris said. “We saw a little bit more freedom from the guys to go and play and express themselves.

“We saw huge amounts of quality, especially going forward. But we saw loads we can still improve on.

“I lost count of the amount of goal-scoring opportunities we created, and not just that but the quality to get into those positions.

“I was delighted and I thought it was about right that it was a great cross by Carlos after he came back in the team, and Shaun Williams deserved the goal that he scored.

“He’s a great fellow, he wants to win and takes it badly when he gets beat. We left him out on Saturday and he responded in the perfect manner.”

John Kelly

(@jkelly1882)

18 thoughts on “Millwall manager: We played with freedom and expression

  • September 1, 2015 at 23:40
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    Williams and Archer were my stand out performers tonight. Edwards got caught a couple of times but put that down to ring rust, still a quality player. O'Brien WILL become a very good player; Marquis WON'T; should have swapped Marquis for Dack! Nelson still worries me a bit with his recklessness. But I SAW MILLWALL WIN AT HOME; last time that happened Kelly was still Frank!!!!!!

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      • September 2, 2015 at 00:30
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        @Jim28:

        you see, carlos looks the part - straight back in and no excuses needed - that is because he can play - we have heard far too many excuses for other players for too long - marquis again shows as we know, that he just hasn't got it - there is no substitute for quality and we do not have enough of it - we need a midfield organiser and a striker with pace and presence and composure in front of goal and cover at full back - these facts haven't changed - some money has to be made available for some loan wages (an out of favour championship forward)

        Charlton absolutely wiped the floor with Posh so please don't think this means anything other than a confidence boost - you will notice the Prem spent 800 m on bringing in better players this summer because that extra quality is what counts - our squad needs support and the kids can grow at a fair pace then

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        • September 2, 2015 at 05:15
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          @timchimes:
          With respect, what has the 800 mill spent by other clubs got to do with us and our league? We are at a totally different level. If teams in league 1 could afford to splash out on quality players then they would all do it. But seen as they don't have the funds, they/we have to rely on bringing players through from the youth quite abit more than premier league teams. Also, charlton are a good side, let's not start comparing their results with ours. Agree with the other stuff, especially about Edwards.

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    • September 2, 2015 at 08:43
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      whoever we play at right back is going to caught out as we never have anyone on the right of midfield
      to help cover the full back

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  • September 2, 2015 at 01:24
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    hopefully this will stop the rot at home. edwards back and a clean sheet plus the win to boot! keep the back 4 the same neil. i still think we need a big cm to put his foot on the ball and be more dominating in the middle of the park! and being honest marquis is STILL not good enough and gregs has had enough time now, he's not good enough either imho. need a pacey forward to link with morro. although o'brian i think will be the real deal also!

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    • September 2, 2015 at 08:01
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      @steveomfc5:
      We have a pacey forward in Fred who could easily play up front with Moro - put PCH on right side and ask Gregory to start scoring goals for U21 or loan him back to Halifax. Edwards shows more composure than Cummings - tub out Craig and play Beevers and Nelson with Martin or Ferguson at left back when fit. Ben and Jack in the middle with EU or Ferguson (if not left back) on the left hand side. That team has a bit more pace and quality about it.

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      • September 2, 2015 at 10:39
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        @flacko: I posted last week exactly what your thinking, Fred up front with morro, stick greggs on the right if not PCH, ferguson left wing, Carlos and allen our full backs, we still need a hard nose midfielder though.

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  • September 2, 2015 at 06:48
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    plus points from the game was ,carlos is back and will provide stability in the back 4 , marquis only telling contribution was injuring their centre back , he was poor and thats being kind. upson got better as game wore on, paris got on 4 10 minutes, sid played well, archer is now the number 1 keeper. downside thought fred struggled needs a rest, over play him and we will suffer, but nice to see a win in the 2 bob paint thingamejig cup.

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  • September 2, 2015 at 07:35
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    Firstly well done to whoever made up the 2000 crowd, you deserved to see a result.
    Positives, managed to keep a clean sheet and hit the back of the net. Sounds like Williams responded well to being dropped. That's how it should work and maybe few other player's need the same treatment.

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  • September 2, 2015 at 07:56
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    Should bomber start the exact team he played yesterday against Crewe?

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    • September 2, 2015 at 07:58
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      let me correct that, should bomber start the exact same team as he did last night against Crewe next Saturday

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      • September 2, 2015 at 09:17
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        @billywall: What ???
        Marquis ????
        Confirmed last night what we all know - he is s**t.

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        • September 2, 2015 at 09:43
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          @Longfield Lion: @billywall - that's ridiculous! Aiden O'Brien and Gregory upfront starting. Both with good pace and movement, goals will come. Moro to be used as an impact Sub. His strength and experience will help from 70 minutes onwards.

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        • September 2, 2015 at 20:04
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          @Longfield Lion: I'm struggling to argue with this longfield but I have a nagging question I can't answer. How can a player that most think is s***, score in this league last year for gillingham, but not for us?

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  • September 2, 2015 at 08:33
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    Hardly any home crowd and we win, tells me they can't play in front of the usua 8000l crowd

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    • September 2, 2015 at 10:16
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      @mewall62: those massive 8000 crowds are clearly to intimidating for the players ;)

      Being serious this result should give the team some much needed confidence for the next home game. If we can start well, show some positivity, and take the lead the crowd will be on side.

      Need to create a positive feedback loop rather than the current negative one that too often occurs.

      This is mainly the players responsibility as they need to give us something to cheer about in the first place. Do this and the atmosphere and hopefully attendances will improve.

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      • September 2, 2015 at 16:13
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        @MFC Lion: your right lion got into the negative loop based on home results I truly hope this is the tonic the players needed so they can't give the fans back some dignity Coyl

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