Harris: 'Millwall have unique style – and no egos'

NEIL Harris says there are “no egos” at Millwall and insisted “the team culture comes first” after watching his side win at the weekend after successive league defeats. 

The Lions’ 2-0 win over Birmingham City was their fifth victory in eight games at The Den this season.

Ryan Tunnicliffe scored his first goal for the club after another summer signing, Tom Elliott, had fired in a shot that Tomasz Kuszczak could only parry to the midfielder.

Harris was asked afterwards about the contribution of the pair and the diligence behind Millwall’s search for potential new players.

“I think any player you sign you take a gamble with, of course you do,” Harris said. “We have a unique style here, you have to have certain characteristics to play for this club. That’s obvious, we all know that.

“We do background checks on players first, to see whether they suit us as an individual. Character references are key, you have to that character to play for this football club, and that’s why performances like [Saturday] please me so much.

“But as you see when we’re on the pitch, we don’t play as individuals, we play as a team. That’s our strength and that’s what got us promoted last year.

“We have good players within that team, but we have no egos. The team culture comes first.

“Bringing in Jake Cooper, George [Saville], Jed [Wallace], Tunni from this level and then going to get James Meredith, Conor McLaughlin and Tom Elliott from the league below, we’re giving people the opportunity to flourish at this level.

“You try and piece it together, the jigsaw, and hope it comes off. At the moment the team ethic is working for us.”

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John Kelly