Harris: Millwall dealt well with physical Dons

MILLWALL boss Neil Harris admitted the 2-2 draw at AFC Wimbledon “wasn’t a classic” but praised his players for a “great effort” as they claimed their 10th point from their last four games.

Aiden O’Brien (above) and Steve Morison twice put Millwall in front in the first half, but Lyle Taylor and Tom Elliott scored two equalisers as the sides drew for the second time this season.

Harris admitted he wasn’t satisfied with the defending for both goals, but was pleased with how his players confronted a physical Dons side.

“I said it would be the toughest game over the Christmas period,” Harris said. “It was a physical game, it was a fast game, everything that I expected.

“It was a challenging game and we had to deal with a lot of physicality, a lot of balls in our box. We could have defended the goals slightly better but overall we stood up to the physical test well.

“Just technically, tactically we got it wrong on the two goals. But a point here is a good return on the back of three wins in a row.

“It’s a great effort from the boys. It’s not just about the starting eleven, it’s about everybody. The squad is competitive and they push each other.

“It was a difficult decision whether to pick the same team or to make changes. I decided to stick with the same team because they deserved the right to play again. Over the course of this period I’m really pleased.

“I think there was a lot of scrappy montauk-monster.com/pharmacy/celexa play today, it wasn’t a classic. There were a lot of second-ball regains, a lot of restarts. We didn’t necessarily boss both boxes but that comes down to Wimbledon’s size and presence.”

Millwall looked like they could have had a penalty in the second half when Paul Robinson seemed to foul Byron Webster in the box, but Harris didn’t want to focus on the official’s performance.

“If you looked at the decision count it would have gone hugely against us,” Harris said. “I won’t be drawn into saying too much about the referee but it’s safe to say myself, the players and our fans felt a little bit hard done by today.

“I thought it was a cracking atmosphere, it’s exactly what you want and expect at this ground, I used to love playing here. It’s a tight ground and two good sets of fans and everything you expect from a local derby.

“It was physical, fast and a good atmosphere.

“We’ve got to carry what we did over the Christmas period into the New Year. We have the distraction at the weekend, a welcome one with the FA Cup and we look forward to Bournemouth.

“After that it’s straight back into the deep end against Charlton. We’ve got ourselves into a competitive position, we’ve finally got a foothold in the division and we have to make the most of this little period we’ve had and make sure for the rest of January, a difficult January for us, that we keep amassing points.”

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John Kelly