Harris: Millwall were brave and got the deserved result

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NEIL Harris said there was no panic in the Millwall dressing room at half-time despite his side trailing to Shrewsbury Town.  

The Lions were a goal behind against Micky Mellon’s side, but came back to win 3-1 and move up to fourth place in the Sky Bet League One table. They are just seven points off Burton in second.

Shrewsbury had taken the lead through Larnell Cole’s fifth-minute strike, but Millwall hit back as goals from Ben Thompson, Steve Morison and Lee Gregory helped seal the points.

Harris brought on Aiden O’Brien at the break against the Shrews, and the more attacking approach paid off as Millwall moved closer towards securing a play-off spot.

Harris also praised his players’ spirit as they made it four successive wins at The Den.

“I said to the guys after the game, ‘You can change formation, change personnel, it counts for nothing if you don’t have desire and heart’,” Harris said.

“If you haven’t got that in the dressing room, to go out and perform in the second half at The Den, then you’ll struggle.

“The boys have come so far this season. We’re past the stage of panicking at half-time. Yes, we adjusted the shape, but I told the guys we had to be braver with the ball. We’ve got good footballers in the team.

“I thought the two central midfielders were excellent in possession in the second half. And Ben obviously deserved his goal.

“I’ve only got 10 minutes to adjust it at half-time and an attention span of four or five minutes with the players. I was really calm, I saw hope for us.

“There was no panic. I told them to be more expansive in their play, more aggressive with the football. I said to them, ‘Go play with freedom, express yourselves and move the ball quickly’. We needed to get between the lines because Shrewsbury came with a game plan of 4-5-1 to frustrate us and hit us on the counterattack.

“It certainly frustrated the whole football ground at times in the first half but in the second half we were a lot braver and got the reward we deserved.”

John Kelly