Fred and Aiden delight Millwall boss in Dartford win

MILLWALL boss Neil Harris expressed his delight with Fred Onyedinma and Aiden O’Brien after their two goals helped his side on the way to a 3-0 win over Dartford at Princes Park on Tuesday evening.

Jamie Philpot added a third late on as the Lions made it two wins in a row during pre-season.

And Harris praised the forward pair and expressed his satisfaction with the result and overall display.

“I thought it was a good, solid performance,” Harris said. “It was a completely different test for us, with their 4-1-4-1 formation and letting us have the ball a lot.

“It was a difficult challenge for the players in the first half because of the sun being so low.

“We were aggressive with our play early on and some of the football was really good. The goals were top quality. It was a really good workout for us.”

Onyedinma made it two goals in two games with O’Brien netting his first of the pre-season campaign, but the latter could have had more, something Harris also thought. The Millwall boss also has the option of using Onyedinma in a different role this season.

“I was delighted with Fred tonight,” Harris said. “I thought he was exceptional. Him and James Brown at right-back were outstanding.

“We left him in the team last season when he was poor, just to try and give him that experience. He's come back in pre-season looking sharp.

"Fred's got a really bright future under me at this club. Like Aiden O'Brien, if I can use him as an option up front as well as wide, then I will do so.

“Aiden was disappointed at half-time, he could've had three or four goals. His work rate was good, his technique was good, but the finishing sharpness will come over the course of pre-season.”

Several first-team players were left out of the travelling party to Kent, with Harris explaining they needed a rest as the build-up to the new season continues.

Harris said: “Lee Gregory, Steve Morison and a few other players played more minutes than anyone else at the weekend. There’ll be a chance for more minutes coming up.

“Coming on for the last 20-30 minutes might not be the best thing for some of the players.

"So I made the decision today to work them extremely hard on the training ground with me, so they got their minutes in that rather then coming on as a sub.

“There's been a conscious effort by the sports science team and myself to ensure that everyone gets the same number of minutes.

"We'll be looking towards those players that didn't play today to start on Saturday.”

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