Harris: Taylor has been vital to Millwall since joining club

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NEIL Harris has hailed the impact Chris Taylor has made since he joined Millwall on loan from Blackburn Rovers.

Taylor scored twice at the weekend as the Lions beat Bury 3-1 to take his tally to three goals in eight games since his debut at home to Sheffield United in March. He also got an assist for Steve Morison's goal.

There was worry among Millwall supporters at the potential negative affect on the squad’s overall quality when Wolves recalled Jed Wallace from a hugely successful loan spell two days before Taylor joined the club for the second time in his career.

But Harris believes Taylor has given the side a new dimension on and off the pitch.

The Millwall boss also revealed he teased the midfielder before the fixture at Gigg Lane over the fact that he hadn’t scored since his early winner against the Blades.

“Chris is the same as a lot of our players, they set high standards for themselves,” Harris said. “That’s certainly something we’ve worked really hard on from the beginning of the season, to set standards individually and collectively.

“I think it’s important that in all walks of life you set standards, so you should certainly set them on the football pitch.

“Tayls just felt that against Fleetwood he had dipped below his usual level, not through lack of effort, because we don’t have those worries. But in possession he felt he wasn’t as good as he could have been.

“So I said to him, ‘You scored two minutes into your debut, any chance of a goal?!’ He said he did feel like he owed me one, and then he went and got two.

“I was really pleased for him, he’s been really bright and good for the group since he came in. Like I said when we signed him, he wasn’t a direct replacement for Jed Wallace, because there aren’t many of those kinds of players in English football.

“Tayls brings something different. He’s able to play on both sides, he’s good with both feet and he’s got a lot of technical ability. His work ethic is also important to us as a group. He’s a good man and he’s popular in the group. That’s vital for us.”

John Kelly

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