Harris pays tribute to Millwall fans after long Blackpool trip

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MILLWALL boss Neil Harris hailed the club’s fans after another long haul on a Tuesday night this season.

Around 200 supporters made the 250-mile journey to see their side make it three games unbeaten as Jack Redshaw’s late penalty for Blackpool cancelled out Mark Beevers’ first-half opener.

With no London derbies in League One this season, Lions fans who want to attend every away game will have to travel almost 8,000 miles.

Millwall have yet to lose a Tuesday night away game this season and the squad travelled to Blackpool the day before to recover from any lethargy after a long coach journey.

It doesn’t get any easier for Millwall fans in November, with 300- and 500-mile round trips to Burton and Fleetwood, respectively.

There is also a 500-mile round trip to negotiate for fans who wish to travel to the Football League Trophy area quarter-final against Plymouth.

Harris said the lengths fans go to to support the side have not gone unnoticed and that those at Bloomfield Road would have appreciated the efforts of his team after they played the last 15 minutes with 10 men.

“To come up here on a Tuesday night, it’s terrific,” he said. “It’s a great effort and it’s hugely appreciated by me and my staff and the players.

“They would’ve gone away thinking we should have won the game. They know that for 82 minutes we bossed the game and controlled it and if we’d scored the second we would’ve won.

“I thought we defended really well after conceding the penalty. We threw our bodies on the line and people stayed strong.

“We had a really young midfield that dug in and their positional play was really good. The back four was outstanding for the last 10 or 15 minutes.

“We had to decide: Do you go with 10 men to try and win the game or do you take what you’ve got? We’re comfortable defending with our shape and our two banks of four.

“Even then we could have won the game. I fancied us to score again, to be honest.

“Ben Thompson comes on and the first thing he did was go through and have a shot blocked. I’ve seen him score quite a lot of goals from shots like that in the U21s. But it wasn’t to be, a combination of slight positional play and a lucky mis-hit shot cost us.”

Meanwhile Harris believes the attention paid to set-pieces on the training ground is being rewarded after Beevers scored his fourth goal of the season on Tuesday night.

He said: “We work hard on set plays, the boys embrace it, they want to learn.

“It’s about desire. It’s good delivery and desire.

“Steve Morison gets another assist, he gets ahead of his marker in the box and Mark follows up to score. We work hard that.”