Millwall boss explains where his side need to improve ahead of Championship opener

MILLWALL boss Neil Harris wants to see more goals from dead balls from his side this season after Jed Wallace scored a direct free-kick in the 3-0 friendly win over Granada on Saturday.

Wallace fired Millwall in front in the 27th minute against the Spanish side, the second free-kick he has scored in his third spell with the club.

Wallace then provided the assists for Shaun Williams and Aiden O’Brien as Millwall comfortably defeated Secunda Division Granada.

Harris revealed Wallace, George Saville and Shane Ferguson had spent time after training on Friday practising set-play deliveries.

And Harris admitted it's an area where Millwall still need to improve.

“I was pleased the way we limited Granada to their opportunities,” Harris said. “Our set-plays weren’t very good, we haven’t worked on them at all and we’ll have to be better in both boxes.

“But we used Steve Morison and Tom Elliott to great effect and we had some bodies around them. We saw some quality today from Jed and Aiden and then Shane when he came on.

“Jed, George and Shane were practising for a good period after training yesterday, they got the mannequins out and were practising free-kicks.

“If we’re going to be competitive in the league we need to score all sorts of goals. It could certainly be said of us last year and the year before that, apart from Joe Martin, we haven’t scored from dead-ball deliveries around the box. Having those types of players is really key.

“But it doesn’t just happen, you have to practise and practise and practise. That was Jed today getting his reward for his hard work yesterday on the training ground.

“We’ll need goals from all over the park this season and seeing Jed, Aiden and Shaun getting on the scoresheet from midfield, that’s vital.

“We saw chances for other strikers today and the ball hasn’t quite gone into the net for them. But they’ll come. During my time in charge we’ve seen centre-forwards get goals and that will continue.”

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John Kelly