Ipswich start doesn't surprise Millwall boss

NEIL Harris isn’t surprised by Ipswich Town’s blistering start to the new season.

The Tractor Boys have won their first three games this season, and came from behind to win 2-1 at Barnsley on Saturday.

Mick McCarthy’s side defeated Birmingham City 1-0 at Portman Road on the opening day, and also knocked Luton Town out of the EFL Cup.

Ipswich lost two of their final three pre-season friendlies, including a 6-1 thumping at Charlton Athletic.

Millwall won only once in pre-season, but those results haven’t been indicators of early-season form. The Lions have just one point from two games, which doesn’t reflect their dominance against Nottingham Forest and Bolton.

Ipswich paid Rangers almost £2million for strikers Martyn Waghorn and Joe Garner in the transfer window, and Harris expects them to be a threat as they aim for a fourth successive win this season.

“I’m not surprised, they had a terrible pre-season, so I thought they’d have a great start,” Harris joked. “It goes against what fans think is going to happen based on pre-season, that goes all out the window.

“What you get from Ipswich is hard work, organisation, gritty determination – and they have quality at this level.

“Mick has got some really experienced Championship players, and he’s got some good young players coming through as well. So it’s a good blend.

“They had three good results in the opening week. We know that they are going to be tough to break down and they will be resilient.

“They’ve got some attacking prowess in their side. Mick spent money bringing in attacking threats in Joe Garner and Martyn Waghorn to add to David McGoldrick and Freddie Sears. That’s four really good attacking players who could cause us problems.

“We have to be mindful of that and defend as well as we have done in the first two games. Certainly at Forest we were excellent until the last touch, and against Bolton we could have been better in the final third. Our play up to then was very impressive. We have to just add the final touch and the goals will come.”

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John Kelly