Harris: Reading win a 'great day' for Millwall

NEIL Harris felt Millwall were “dominant” against Reading and deserved their 2-0 win at the Madejski Stadium on Saturday.

Leandro Bacuna deflected Mahlon Romeo’s shot past Vito Mannone in the 70th minute before three minutes later Steve Morison picked out Lee Gregory’s run into the box and he rounded Mannone to finish brilliantly from a narrow angle.

Millwall were only rarely threatened, though they were relieved when Mo Barrow’s cross in first-half added-time went unfinished, and then Jordan Archer made a fingertip save to deny the same player in the 58th minute.

Barrow was Reading’s best chance of a breakthrough, and Harris brought on Romeo for Conor McLaughlin to deal with the danger of the left winger. Romeo then made one of the two decisive contributions at the other end.

It was Millwall’s sixth game without defeat and moved them 12 points clear of the bottom three.

“I thought it was a very dominant display, without the ball we were very impressive, very disciplined and organised,” Harris said.

“On the ball we made really good decisions. Against Reading concentration is key because they keep the ball, and then when you’ve got it you’ve got to be focused on what you’re trying to achieve.

“Today it was all about realising where the space was going to be on the pitch, we spoke in depth about that the last 48 hours with the players.

“We were excellent and should have been in front at half-time, not just from open play but from set-plays we were a real threat. I was really pleased to get the two goals, two very different goals. It was a good day’s work.”

Harris felt Millwall’s opener, when Romeo shot struck the boot of Bacuna, should be given to his full-back. “It’s a shot on target, the ball takes a small deflection and just wrong-foots the goalkeeper. It’s Mahlon’s goal, 100 per cent.”

The Lions’ last win at Reading had been in 2001, when Harris scored a hat-trick in a 4-2 victory.

Gregory – who now has 50 Football League goals – saw a strike ruled out before the break and Harris was pleased with his centre-forwards.

He said: “The front pair were excellent and it was another assist for Steve Morison, I think that’s his 14th in total in all competitions this season. Lee was just offside for the first one in the first half, but they were outstanding.

“When we defend we do it as a team and their decisions when to press and when to cut off space was phenomenal.

“It was a great day for our club, the fans were different class. You saw a team and fanbase out there that were really united.

“I’m really pleased for them because they’ve travelled around the country, and that’s two away wins in a row.”

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