Harris pleased with Millwall spirit in Coventry draw

NEIL Harris praised the “character” of his Millwall side as they came from behind to claim a result for the third time in a league game at The Den this season.

The Lions fell behind to Marvin Sordell’s 23rd-minute opener for Coventry on Saturday afternoon, before Aiden O’Brien got his third of the season to pull Millwall level with 19 minutes left.

The result stretched Millwall’s unbeaten run at home in the league to 13 games since February, but Harris wants his side to discover more consistency after a bright start but subsequently a poor first-half performance.

“I was pleased with the character again to come from behind,” Harris said.

“The first 15 minutes I thought we were excellent but after that we were on the back foot and never really got to grips with them keeping the ball.

“Having said that I said to the boys at half-time (Coventry) had one shot on goal from 20 yards and it’s ended up in the top corner.

“But they hadn’t created anything else. It was more about us not pressing the ball at the right times with the intensity that I’d expect.

“Barring the first 15 minutes I thought we were poor on the ball in the first half.

“I don’t think you can legislate for teams scoring good goals against you, I think it’s why can’t we be consistent over the course of the first half.

“It was one of our trademarks last year getting two or three goals ahead in the first half. We will obviously focus on that and, game plan-wise, can we be more consistent over the first 45 minutes.

“But that’s three home games – Sheffield United, Bradford and today – that we’ve won the second half and built momentum to a degree, and had a better finish than a start.”

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John Kelly

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