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New Millwall front partnership excites boss

NEIL Harris was pleased with the potential of Millwall’s new striker partnership of Fred Onyedinma and Tom Elliott, who played together for the first time in the scoreless draw at Stevenage on Tuesday night.

The pair took over from Steve Morison and Lee Gregory against Darren Sarll’s side and created a number of chances but couldn’t convert them.

The strike duo were Millwall’s most dangerous players along with Jed Wallace in Millwall’s last away friendly before the start of the season.

“Fred is a dangerous player with his pace and power, he gets in some difficult situations for defenders to deal with,” Harris said.

“I didn’t think the referee particularly liked him for whatever reason but they looked a really dangerous pairing, Tom and Fred.

“They’ve got raw attributes and looking at Tom and Fred, and Steve and Lee, it has a really good feel.

“There were some excellent individual performances. It was great at half-time, because we’d pressed at the wrong times and they were able to play though us, to be able to deliver the message and I thought second half we were excellent with and without the ball.

“Some of the players looked really sharp, Jed looked excellent, better than he did in the whole of last season. That’s a real positive.

“There were minutes for people and no injuries, that’s the main thing.”

Unusually for a pre-season friendly there were a number of yellow cards, with Ben Thompson booked for a clash with Danny Newton and Mahlon Romeo cautioned for apparent simulation in the Stevenage box.

Harris wasn’t sure that was the correct decision, and he revealed he took Thompson off with the midfielder in danger of receiving a red card.

“You play games like this and there could be petty fouls going on all the time,” Harris said. “There were no real bad fouls but because of the zip on the grass and the fact that people could get away with fouls there were a lot both ways being left.

“Me and Darren were both quite pleased the referee started putting the yellow card out there, you don’t want to see a red card. We couldn’t take a risk with Thommo.

“It’s hard for refs because there are assessors at these games, so if they don’t make a stand at some stage they find themselves in a bit of bother.

“I’ll have to look at the Mahlon one, he was convinced his foot was trodden on and the lads thought it was a penalty. But that’s pre-season, the goals will come and maybe we’re not getting the rewards with penalties we’ll get during the season.”

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John Kelly

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