Millwall boss Harris happy with point gained despite late goal

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MILLWALL boss Neil Harris felt an injury picked up by Lee Gregory late on against Wigan played a part in his side conceding a last-minute equaliser.

Harris brought on Ben Thompson for Aiden O’Brien in the 83rd minute just before Gregory fell under a challenge.

With all three substitutes used the striker was treated on the pitch by physio Bobby Bacic but stayed on despite being in some discomfort.

Millwall held out until the 92nd minute when the ball broke to Wigan substitute Will Grigg and he fired in to keep his side’s unbeaten home record intact.

“Losing Lee Gregory, being a passenger on the pitch really, was difficult because we’re a player short,” Harris said. “It was a shame because he played really well. It was just after the third substitution when he got a whack so we virtually played with 10 men for a period of time.

“Fair play to him, he didn’t want to come off and that shows his character as a person. But it’s difficult when you’re playing against a possession team with 10 men.

“We’re frustrated with the last goal because in our penalty area we don’t quite get the break. The ball falls to Will Grigg, he hits it and it hits two of my players before going in when it could have gone anywhere.”

Gary Caldwell’s side dominated possession in the first half without testing Jordan Archer in the Millwall goal, but Harris felt his side created the best two opportunities in the opening 45 minutes.

He said: “We were happy for Wigan to have the football in the first half and pass sideways and backwards and as much as they had all the possession in the first half we had all the chances, so we weren’t overly concerned.

“We adjusted slightly at half-time to stop the threat coming down the left side. I was frustrated with the first goal because we were in possession of the ball and we give it away.

“But then we made the subs to get us further up the pitch, be more aggressive in our pressing and we certainly did that.”

Harris rested Fred Onyedinma and Steve Morison but both were introduced in the second period with Millwall chasing the game.

And Onyedinma rewarded that decision by slotting home Millwall’s eaqualiser.

“I learnt last week that it’s hard especially for our attacking players to play three games in a week,” Haris said. “Fred definitely looked like he might have needed freshening up.

“I play him because I trust him, he makes such an impact for us. He has a moment of brilliance in a game and it changes the game sometimes.

“(Tuesday) night I felt we needed something a bit different and with Lee Gregory and Ed Upson coming in it gave us a different outlet and fresh legs.

“But being able to bring on Steve Morison and Fred is a big bonus.”

After Mark Beevers had put the Lions ahead Wigan forced another corner in added tie and though Archer miscued his punch Harris felt his goalkeeper was right to go for the ball.

“Having seen it back I’m not massively disappointed,” he admitted. “We’re frustrated with both goals, they were avoidable. But I think for the second one the goalkeeper makes the correct decision but doesn’t quite execute the punch properly and the ball falls straight to their best striker.

“It could have easily not gone in our net, but I’m sure Gary would say the same about our two goals as well.

“We showed great spirit. In the first half we stayed strong, without being under massive pressure, but we had to work tirelessly to deny goal-scoring opportunities.

“The boys were confident at half-time we would get more chances in the second half and try and be solid and see the game out at the back.

“But it’s a point gained though, definitely.”

John Kelly

(@jkelly1882)

22 thoughts on “Millwall boss Harris happy with point gained despite late goal

  • September 30, 2015 at 10:13
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    It didn't feel like a point gained last night, but I suppose these things are going to happen with such a young and lightweight squad. Also we can't complain about our away form and if we could start replicating that at home we'd be looking at automatic promotion. Personally I've been impressed with the way Harris is learning his trade and willing to make positive changes.

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  • September 30, 2015 at 10:24
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    That's a point gained for me. Wigan away is not an easy game especially given their home record.
    If we had been losing 2-1 and then scored in the 92nd minute we'd be happy so you have to accept that sometimes it will happen to you and get on with it.
    Averaging 2 points a game will get you into the play-offs.

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  • September 30, 2015 at 10:26
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    To be honest I feel that Archer was forced into charging off his line as Wigan had 3 players totally unmarked in the centre of our box , they are probably more to blame than the Keeper, still not a bad point all the same , onwards and Upwards, COYL !

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    • September 30, 2015 at 11:53
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      @southstandview: the defenders went back onto the line coz the keeper made the shout to come & get it. He will learn from it. & make him a even better keeper come on you wall.

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      • September 30, 2015 at 11:57
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        @block 28: no I don't think so at all , they only went back when they saw him off his line , defenders went awol

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        • September 30, 2015 at 12:02
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          @southstandview: so 4 people actually think that when the ball was on the wing Archer called out to his defenders not to pick anyone up , I'll come and get it , dear god that is funny

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          • September 30, 2015 at 12:27
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            @southstandview: no one is talking about the wing..it was when it came over archer took it upon himself to come but for a change bulls it up..if forde had done a simalier thing you would of slagged him of something rotten..

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      • September 30, 2015 at 12:31
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        @block 28: the point is there were 3 players totally unmarked and I don't think that was a cunning plan on our part

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      • September 30, 2015 at 12:36
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        @block 28: if the players had been picked up archer would have stayed put , he was forced into coming for the ball once our entire defence switched off .

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        • September 30, 2015 at 14:14
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          @southstandview: so wot your saying is the only player on the pitch not to blame for the goal would be our goalkeeper that's wot I call funny.

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          • September 30, 2015 at 14:16
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            @block 28: his hand was forced into it but if you can't see that then that's not my problem, I'll not waste anymore time on you ok .

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  • September 30, 2015 at 10:51
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    Our substitutes change the game Upson is no winger craig is 2 slow need 2 play joe martin a bit more paste wigan was always going down our left flank team will punishes us causeing us problems just being honest anyway great point onwards now lads and up that talble unbeaten run that what we do COYL NOLU WDCARE MILLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL

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  • September 30, 2015 at 10:51
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    Draw wos good but a win would have been better.

    a win against Peterborough would lift to play-off and get back to Championship were we belong.

    soon we will return back to where we belong!

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  • September 30, 2015 at 10:51
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    Draw wos good but a win would have been better.

    a win against Peterborough would lift to play-off and get back to Championship were we belong.

    soon we will return back to where we belong!

    COYL

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  • September 30, 2015 at 11:22
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    Probably for anyone who was up there feels like 2 points dropped but would have happily taken a draw this time yesterday. Glad Harris recognises when players need a rest now of a bunch of players find their top form at the same time we will boss this league and make a huge match up the table

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    • September 30, 2015 at 12:24
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      @spartacus:
      I was there and honestly it feels like a point gained! We were totally dominated in the first half, although they offered little and after falling behind I couldn't see where a shot was coming from yet alone 2 goals but credit to Harris the changes worked. Anyone that doubts his tactical awareness is just plain wrong. He has a plan each game and didn't panic when we went behind. Archer was unfortunate for the goal but defenders could have done more! Still unbeaten away and looking a lot more positive than when we had the clown Holloway in charge!!

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  • September 30, 2015 at 12:43
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    Regardless of the 92nd min goal last night was a great result. Good to have 11 players fighting for the shirt with a subs bench willing to do the same, seems to be light at the end of what has seemed one hell of a tunnel. Onwards and upwards Millllllllllllllllll

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  • September 30, 2015 at 12:53
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    Lack luster first half. Good substitution bring on Fred and morro, changed the game. Totally dominated from there on then NH ballsed it up taking aiden off off and moving Fred to the right! Within a 10 minute period NH changed the style of play for a 3rd time. Which bit of 'hey we are playing well and winning' didn't he get? Starting to see more and more mistakes from archer lately conceding soft goals. Prefer him to forde but hope he hasn't started to believe he is the don!

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  • September 30, 2015 at 13:14
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    @GEOFF THE LION: yeah, I said on here that I wasn't impressed with ARCHER with the Southend goals but everyone disagreed with me, he made a right cock up last night and it seems no one wants to say it cos they don't want FORD back, seems people on here would rather dig people like CRAIG out even though he's done nothing wrong.

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  • September 30, 2015 at 14:13
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    I'd still play archer as you shouldn't drop a player after one mistake. But forde is still a highly experienced goalkeeper and maybe his time on the bench has been the kick up the ass he needed that he isn't bigger than the club and he needs to perform to benefit all parties.

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