Harris: Millwall players stood up to physical Barnet

MILLWALL boss Neil Harris praised the attitude of his players after their 4-0 win over Barnet in the first round of the League Cup on Tuesday night.

The Lions were 2-0 ahead at half-time after John Akinde sliced Joe Martin’s free-kick into his own net and then Aiden O’Brien finished past Josh Vickers for his second goal in two games.

Steve Morison’s header from substitute David Worrall’s corner and Fred Onyednima’s 81st-minute penalty ensured smooth progress into the second round for Millwall.

Barnet knocked a much less confident Millwall out of the competition at the same stage last year and had their chances at The Hive Stadium, but when they put the away side under pressure in the second half Jordan Archer smartly kept out Ryan Watson’s low drive from the edge of the box and Alex Nicholls will feel he should have done better when he headed Curtis Weston’s cross wide.

Harris made five changes to the side that defeated Oldham 3-0 at The Den on Saturday but it did little to dilute the performance as Millwall made it two wins, two clean sheets and seven goals in two games this season.

And the Millwall manager was pleased with how his players dealt with the challenges posed by Martin Allen’s side.

“First and foremost was the attitude of the players to stand strong against a physical opposition,” Harris said. “We knew Barnet would have size and presence in the box. We knew the long throws were coming, and that corners and free-kicks would rain in on us, so they didn’t disappoint us in that sense.

“But my players stood strong, I picked a backline to deal with it, with a physical presence. It was good Millwall rearguard action and then we had the quality in the final third as well.

“We got a fortunate first goal but after that we had a clinical edge to us. I thought some of the players that scored deserved their goals tonight.”

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John Kelly