Millwall boss Harris backs Middlesbrough's Monk to get it right

MILLWALL boss Neil Harris has backed his counterpart Garry Monk to steer Middlesbrough back on course after the Lions' 2-1 win over one of the divisions biggest spenders on Saturday.

Jed Wallace and George Saville, signed for just over a millions pounds in the summer, gave Millwall a two-goal lead before Stewart Downing pulled one back.

Millwall kept Boro's £15million record signing Britt Assombalonga quiet, and the visitors couldn't find an equaliser despite being able to call on former Barcelona winger Adama Traore and £6million striker Rudy Gestede.

The result leaves Middlesbrough 10th in the table and Monk under pressure to get their promotion bid back on track.

"Sometimes it takes time to get it right," Harris said. "Garry was a top player and is a good coach and there is often a bedding-in period with so many new players.

"The market dictates how much you have to pay for players that come out of the Premier League or from abroad. Teams that want to get back into the Premier League that have funds to spend are going to spend them.

"Garry is a really good fella and he will get it going. They were absolutely brilliant against Derby but lost 3-0. We found that in League One the last couple of years, you can play brilliantly and get beaten in any game. They battered Ipswich last week and could have got four or five in the second half.

"We knew it was a tough opponent to play. It's not easy for opponents to come here this season. For a lot of clubs the Christmas period is a key period at the top and the bottom of the league, and that will certainly be the case for a team like Middlesbrough."

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John Kelly