NEIL Harris praised Tom Elliott after the striker scored twice on his competitive debut at The Den to send Millwall into the next round of the EFL Cup.
Elliott put Millwall in front against Stevenage when he dived to head Fred Onyedinma’s cross past Joe Fryer in the 54th minute, before he the doubled the lead 13 minutes later when he nodded in Shane Ferguson’s ball to the back post.
Harris was pleased with his new striker’s display.
“It was a good performance, too really good goals,” Harris said. “If you’re going to play with Tom in the team and Steve Morison in the team you’ve got to service your strikers.
“What two great deliveries. It was outstanding play from Fred, he’s got the ability to do it but we’ve got to see more from him in wide areas. And then Shane Ferguson, we’ve seen that time and time again with his delivery.
“Tom has got the ability at the back stick with his size, aggression and power to be able to score goals like that.”
Millwall were sluggish in the opening 45 minutes against their League Two opponents, but eventually eased to a comfortable win after Harris’ half-time pep talk.
Lions boss Harris said: “There was no ranting or raving or anything, it’s not the time of the season for that, but we reminded them what good players they are. We just didn’t really play with too much freedom in the first half, we didn’t take care of the ball, we were too rigid.
“We gave it away far too easily and we were far too predictable in our play. Don’t get me wrong, I thought Stevenage were excellent in the first half. They pressed us well and were really aggressive, they don’t half work hard. I was really impressed with them.
“I just said to the guys trust yourselves on the ball, trust your mate on the ball and play with a little bit more freedom.
“I though second half, though not all the time, we were really good.”
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