Fred display impresses Millwall boss despite defeat

MILLWALL manager Neil Harris was pleased with Fred Onyedinma’s performance despite seeing his side lose a fourth game in a row against Walsall on Saturday afternoon.

Onyedinma was recalled to the starting XI and scored the Lions’ equaliser on 22 minutes after former Den striker Simeon Jackson had given the hosts the lead five minutes earlier.

Onyedinma formed a youthful right flank for Millwall at the weekend with Mahlon Romeo, who set up the goal. Harris praised Romeo for his attacking threat, but felt he could have been stronger defensively against the Saddlers.

“I thought Fred was excellent," Harris said. “He's made a few cameo appearances recently and it hasn't always happened for him. I put him in today to make an impact and he's certainly done that.”

“(But) two goals came from our right-hand side because we didn't stop crosses. Mahlon put in a great ball and it was a great header by Fred. But Mahlon needs to remember there are two sides to the game.”

Millwall face Gillingham tomorrow night in the Checkatrade Trophy followed by a 10-day gap to the next League One fixture at Northampton.

Millwall were originally scheduled to face south London rival Charlton this Saturday, before that game was postponed due to international call-ups.

"I think I would have rather played Charlton at this moment in time to get a reaction and a performance out of my players with a big crowd backing us,” Harris said. “It would have been ideal timing.

“Tuesday will be an opportunity to play players who haven't played and to play some youngsters.

“We certainly look forward to the match. It would be nice to win the game to give us some momentum going into the international break.

“But I'm more interested in Northampton, Bolton and Fleetwood that come after the break in the next few weeks. The most important thing is we try to get players who aren't fit at the moment back fit.”

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Jay Taylor