Millwall boss pleased with effort in Bromley victory

MILLWALL boss Neil Harris was satisfied with his side’s efforts in Saturday afternoon’s pre-season win against Bromley.

The Lions came away from Hayes Lane with a 2-1 victory courtesy of first-half goals from Fred Onyedinma and Lee Gregory, either side of a Tobi Sho-Silva equaliser.

Harris was happy with the workout his team got after a week-long training camp in Portugal that included a behind-closed-doors friendly against Nottingham Forest.

“Every player got their designated minutes,” Harris said. “That was the main thing we wanted, there were some playing 60 minutes, and others playing 30 minutes.

“There were a lot of pleasing aspects from the game, some rustiness as well, which we will work on on the training pitch.

“What I didn't say before the game was that the team had two real tough sessions on Friday, so I knew there would be some heavy legs.

“I knew the boys who came on in the second half would struggle for the first 15 minutes, but their fitness levels were really good.”

Onyedinma headed home David Worrall’s free-kick after three minutes with Lee Gregory finishing well just inside the area after Ben Thompson had squared the ball to the striker in the 27th minute.

Harris was impressed with the goals the Lions scored, but admitted he wanted more.

“I think both goals were outstanding, they were really good goals,” Harris said.

“The first one, the delivery and the timing of the run and the header were great. The second a counter attack, the movement and the finish, I’m really pleased.

“In the first half on the counter we should have scored another three or four goals.

“One of the hardest parts of pre-season is both penalty areas, the patches are sticky (and players get) the timing wrong when they're playing with heavy legs.

"I thought in the first half, and even in the second, some of the movement was really sharp.

“I was delighted with Lee Gregory’s movement throughout the hour he played. I thought Steve Morison was outstanding again, as an aerial threat and his leadership was quality.”

Harris changed the entire team in the 62nd minute, which contributed to a drop in tempo for the remainder of the match. That didn't worry Harris, however.

“I wasn't disappointed with the tempo,” Harris explained. “If you've seen pre-season games before you get that anywhere you play, it was expected.

“If I see that from the start, I would be disappointed, but not then.

“When the pitch gets big as one team tires, it’s hard to press high up the park without giving the ball away. But I have no complaints in terms of the tempo of the game.

“There is aways going to be rustiness with and without the ball.

“Overall, though, I was really pleased with the workout.”

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Jay Taylor

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