Manager Harris pleased with strong Millwall finish

MILLWALL boss Neil Harris had to tell his side to “get back to basics” at half-time after “stupid errors” saw them trailing Crawley 2-1 at half-time at Broadfield Road, the first time they had found themselves behind in pre-season.

Lee Gregory had opened the scoring for Millwall, but the League Two side hit back with goals from Enzio Boldewijn and Jordan Roberts.

The Lions were much more commanding in the second half and Shaun Williams equalised with just over 20 minutes left when he headed home substitute Shane Ferguson’s free-kick.

And Ferguson, starting his first pre-season game, was the provider again when he picked out Steve Morison who scored Millwall’s third headed goal of the contest.

The introductions of Ferguson, Fred Onyedinma and David Worrall gave Millwall much more attacking energy late in the game, and Harris felt that was more like what he expects from his side.

“It was certainly a game of two halves,” Harris admitted. “I was disappointed at half-time, not angry with the players. But I just said to them that it was poor considering what we’ve shown in pre-season and what we’re about as a team, how we’ve trained.

“I just thought we had a very pre-season feel about us in the first half. I never really felt in any danger from the opposition until we made stupid errors for goals.

“I said to the senior players at half-time we’re making basic errors and it’s costs us. That’ll be the same at league level so let’s get back to basics, let gets back to doing what we’re good at.

“I thought we were really good at pressing the ball in the second half and I thought we were extremely clinical.

“Finding it tough in the heat and on a sticky pitch is no excuse for silly mistakes.

“It’s pleasing to get the silly mistakes out of the way now and it’s good to see my team at its best in the second half and at its worst in the first half. I’ll learn a lot from both 45 minutes and the idea is that everybody can improve.

“I think we didn’t see that sharpness in the side in the first half after the gruelling week that we’ve had. The pleasing thing in pre-season is that your team doesn’t run out of steam and we have legs, and we certainly had that in the second half.”

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John Kelly