Harris: Millwall had chance after chance but had to be patient

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MILLWALL boss Neil Harris was pleased with his side’s performance in the victory over Port Vale last night – but sounded a warning before Saturday’s visit to The Den of Southend.

The Lions dominated the first half at Vale Park and should have been well ahead at the break.

Aiden O’Brien, Ed Upson and Steve Morison all had efforts cleared off the line in the opening 15 minutes as the away side tore into their opponents from the first whistle.

It was a high-energy start that should have yielded at least a couple of goals, but Millwall then had to be thankful before the break when Jordan Archer produced a brilliant reflex save to tip Enoch Andoh’s bullet header from just six yards over the bar.

Harris’ side had to be resolute in the second half as Port Vale came more into it.

Centre-backs Byron Webster and Mark Beevers set the tone with some defiant blocks on the edge of their box and Beevers’ goal and Lee Gregory’s penalty ensured Millwall wouldn’t regret those early missed opportunities.

“We were really unlucky in the first half,” Harris said. “We could have had five or six. It’s a credit to the boys, it’s their hunger and desire.

“The second half was much more even but we still came out on top.

“We’ve got good players, we’ve got good goalscorers. Aiden O’Brien scored a hat-trick at the weekend, he had two great efforts and Steve Morison did too.

“Steve won’t have two better headers than that and not score a goal. And then you’re bringing Lee Gregory on, Aiden is tired and you can bring John Marquis on.

“These players can score goals. Ed Upson as well, the positions he gets into, the chances he’s getting, one’s going to eventually go in.

“He’s too good a finisher not to be scoring goals. We all know Shaun Williams’ quality on the ball as well 25 yards from the goal and he had two shots blocked.

“It was chance after chance, but we’re making the chances and that’s the main thing.

“In the second half it goes to show that you go to away grounds and teams are going to have spells on top. You’ve no divine right at any club to go into a division and think you’re going to have the ball for 90 minutes and win the game comfortably.

“We’ve won three away games and the other sides have had possession and chances, it’s going to happen.

“What we have to realise as a football club is it’s going to happen at The Den also. We can’t dominate the game for 94 minutes, 98 minutes.

“The other team are going to have the football. We’ve got to be patient.

“We’ve got a style of play but we want it to be a winning style.”

Staff

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22 thoughts on “Harris: Millwall had chance after chance but had to be patient

  • September 16, 2015 at 09:30
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    I will take the way we are playing now over anytime in the last 3 seasons long may it continue.milllllllllllll

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  • September 16, 2015 at 09:47
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    WELL DONE AGAIN NEIL HARRIS.

    Nuff z

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  • September 16, 2015 at 10:10
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    Just read the Port Vale Forum.
    Fair play to their supporters for the comments.
    Millwall were the best team they have played.
    Millwall were bigger stronger and too quick.
    Millwall should have won 5-1.
    Most said they were beaten by the much better team.
    Encouraging comments on the whole.

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    • September 16, 2015 at 10:24
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      @Longfield Lion: Spooky Longfield, posted at the same time, as my old mum use to say 'great minds think alike, so are you retired too?

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  • September 16, 2015 at 10:10
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    Being retired I have time to bug**r about so after the game I usually go on opposition fans forums the port Vale one is very interesting without exception they say we are the best team they have played and look certain to be in the running. also have a nice feature which is views from two of our fans http://www.onevalefan.co.uk/site/2015/09/millwall-view-its-not-perfect-but-its-getting-better/
    have to say Jamie and Bob put it just about right.
    Another thing about looking at opposition forums is you realise how good NAD is and the Anoracks site have a 65 page thread about us!

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      • September 16, 2015 at 12:33
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        @lennie the lion:
        Yeah but they 'don't care about us' and don't forget it's always 'our cup final' when we play them.

        Stupid C.nuts.

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      • September 16, 2015 at 15:26
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        @Millwallsteve1972: you can tell by the number of dislikes to some posts how many of them and the Wet Spammers look at the site.

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  • September 16, 2015 at 10:27
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    Reading up on the match report from various different sources I couldn't resist having a look at the Port Vale forum. It's always good to get a view of how the opposition viewed the team performance on the night... thought this was very pleasing for us fans to hear about the team - especially the last paragraph.

    "You are right about us struggling all night in midfield and we never really got a grip on the game apart from in the second half when we did begin to get forward with a bit more urgency. It was very slow and pedestrian in the first half, giving their lads plenty of time to get behind the ball.
    And they were strong & physically fit who worked really hard for 90 minutes to close us down. I was very impressed with their work rate, if not some of their cynical fouling, but they were a lot better than us all over the pitch. No excuses."

    "Games are won in both penalty boxes and that was the big difference. They had 3 big defenders who didn't give Uche much of a kick all match. He was isolated as Dodds was playing quite deep and we created very little in the whole game. Our first effort on goal was at 45 minutes! We were poor going forward."
    "Millwall were far better in attack. O'Brien, Morison and Gregory were miles better than our forwards - mobile, quick, strong, held up the ball, ran into the space, and put pressure on our back four."

    "Our best hope was probably to try and keep a clean sheet and somehow nick one on the break but we conceded far too easily in a carbon copy of Wigan's second goal. Our defending at corners is a problem! "

    "We could do with O'Connor being fit and another more physical striker on the bench (like a Hooper or a Campion) because we needed to give their defenders a much harder time than we did."

    "They reminded me of BC who we also lost at home to on a Tuesday night early on last season. Big, strong and won in a canter."

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  • September 16, 2015 at 10:46
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    well done nh and the lads, nothing but a win on saturday will suffice. beat southend and we can start to smile around the den again. oh and status quo have taken a knock over the last three years so lets put some cheer back into quo's pockets !!

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  • September 16, 2015 at 10:59
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    Well done millwall, I woke up with a smile on me face for once,even didn't mind the thought of going to work, I hope our chairman and board give NH full backing now (give him some money to strengthen ffs).

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  • September 16, 2015 at 12:11
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    Great result ,bit worried about yellow cards we picking up ,but have to be pleased with the way the team have responded to early results ,hope fans don't put to much pressure on them sat every game will be different in this league no easy games, but long season so there will be ups and downs hope more ups .

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  • September 16, 2015 at 12:14
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    I have just watched the highlight's of the game on youtube,fantastic to see we provided all the highlight's,so onward's and upward's.

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    • September 16, 2015 at 12:44
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      @jim1222: Hello Jim, check out the highlights from
      http://www.skysports.com/football/port-vale-vs-millwall/report/340150
      There's even more good bits on there. If we didn't have Archer we would have to put a bid in for the Vale keeper.

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  • September 16, 2015 at 12:46
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    It's been a long time since we dominated a game away from home like that so it bodes well for the future. Really important we don't balls it up on Saturday now, a good performance and result will really send confidence levels soaring.

    Great that Williams and Upson seemed to have got back to some form, I was highly critical of them a few weeks back but I'm happy to be proved wrong, them two at their best are promotion winning players make no mistake. Big thumbs up also to Jordan Archer who again made a crucial save when the score was level just like he did at crewe, surely the NO.1 position is his for keeps now.

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  • September 16, 2015 at 13:19
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    For information Ben May scored again for Bromley might just be the player we need to strengthen the squad. Wooford scored for Sheffield Utd. On another note how many of last night's team were brought in by OLLY? Interesting that one. Also I remember a few on here slating Billy Beevers who is eating humble pie now. Still goes back to Dan Archer if only he had been picked last season and Carlos never had had that bad injury. Still surely Wall must at least get a point on Sat that and beating Cobblers in JPT could be a Wembley double this year - bring it on.......

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  • September 16, 2015 at 17:55
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    Well done to Neil Harris and to the whole team

    time comes for patience and here it is

    Lookin 4ward to this Saturday another 3 points and AOB for another hatrick

    COYL

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