Harris: "Brilliant" Millwall fans were right behind us

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NEIL Harris praised Millwall fans for the noise they created during the 1-0 win over Sheffield United on Saturday – and urged his players to do their part to stir up similar support in the four remaining games at The Den this season.

Chris Taylor’s goal in the second minute was enough to extend the Lions’ unbeaten run to six games.

Millwall withstood some late pressure from the Blades in front of 11,175 supporters, the third biggest attendance at The Den this season, to secure the win and preserve the four-point gap to seventh-placed Bradford, their opponents next Saturday.

In a bruising encounter marked by some robust challenges, and after his criticism of the refereeing in the 2-2 draw with Swindon, Harris also praised Oliver Langford for his handling of the contest.

“I thought it was a physical game but a really fair game,” Harris said. “I thought the referee bossed it really well, there were two committed sets of players who didn’t pull out of challenges, but played fair.

“I was delighted with my players. It was a Millwall performance in a Millwall-type atmosphere. The fans were brilliant, they got right behind us. That should leave my players wanting more of that.”

Taylor’s goal was his fourth for Millwall after he scored three in 26 appearances in 2012-13 before he moved to Blackburn.

The 29-year-old was playing on the right wing following the end of Jed Wallace’s loan spell at the club, but Harris stressed Taylor is a different type of player to the Wolves attacker.

“He’s not a direct replacement for Jed Wallace,” Harris said. “Jed’s a super talent and played really well for us, but he’s a winger. There aren’t many about who play like that. We’ve got one who plays on the left, in Shane Ferguson.

“Chris has come in and he plays slightly differently but still gives us an outlet. He carries the ball really well and I thought his combination play with Mahlon Romeo was really good. He’ll certainly add quality to our group.”

John Kelly