Millwall boss explains early Fred substitution

MILLWALL boss Neil Harris was pleased with his side’s defensive display against Preston, as a fourth clean sheet in six league games ensured a hard-earned point at Deepdale.

Sean Maguire saw a drive hit the side netting in the first half for the hosts, before in a game of few chances Jed Wallace flashed a shot wide of the post after the break.

Millwall managed the threat of Jordan Hugill well, the in-form striker not getting the opportunity to add to his four goals in nine games this season.

“There were times when we were disappointing in our attacking play. We got into some really good areas but just didn’t use the ball wisely enough,” Harris said.

“Defensively you have to stand strong and get something out of the game and we did. We came up against a Preston side that had been scoring goals for fun. The boy up front had a lot of attention, and rightly so because of his performances. But out centre-halves nullified the threat of Hugill and they were ably supported by the rest of the team.”

Harris withdrew Fred Onyedinma in the 55th minute, sending on Shane Ferguson and pushing Aiden O’Brien up front alongside Steve Morison.

“It was tactical,” Harris explained. “I quickly realised that we weren’t massively affecting the game going forward. We wanted to be a little bit more secure and mix it up a little bit.

“In Jed, Aiden and Fred we had the ability to be able to manoeuvre into positions. I was pleased with the performances, it’s not easy to come to a place like this.

“What’s important when you’ve not got the quality, because you’re not playing very well or it’s not the attack-minded game we’ve had in the past, is that you have to do your defensive responsibilities and I thought all three of them did that well.”

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