Harris on whether Millwall can challenge for play-off place after Sheffield Wednesday win

NEIL Harris praised an “outstanding” second-half performance from his side as Millwall came from behind to beat Sheffield Wednesday 2-1 at The Den.

Millwall were a goal down at the break after Joey Pelupessy’s strike for the Owls, before Lee Gregory and Steve Morison scored in the second half to earn Millwall a first home win in the league this year.

The win moved Millwall up to 11th in the Championship table, eight points off the top six.

Harris was asked if a challenge for the play-offs was a possibility this season.

“No, no, no. Let’s not get carried away with ourselves,” Harris responded. “I know the points’ gap has decreased. I’ve seen the league table, we’re up to 11th and it’s a great place for my players to be, the company we’re in in this division.

“Full credit goes to my squad for what they are achieving. I said to the players to forget Sheffield Wednesday tonight, forget Birmingham at the weekend – it’s all about Burton Saturday.

“Burton came here earlier in the season and absolutely robbed us of the points, the referee conned us with a decision when we lost Jed [Wallace, to a red card]. They had one chance and they scored.

“We want to put that right Saturday. We just want to keep going, the boys are loving it, the staff are enjoying it. Tonight was a great test for all of us playing against a side with no striker. That was certainly different for us because we didn’t face that in League One.

“I was really pleased with the first half, to be honest. I said to the boys at half-time, ‘no moaning from me, no ranting’. There was nothing really tactically to change, I just thought we could be more aggressive with and without the ball.

“With the ball I thought we could have been more Millwall-like, just move the ball a little bit quicker, get it forward quicker. Second half I thought the players were outstanding.

“We scored two goals, could have had more and when we had to stand strong and defend we did. I’m really pleased for the players.”

The game was held up for nine minutes after Millwall’s second goal, as medics treated Jordan Thorniley after he was caught accidentally in the head by the boot of Wallace.

There were 13 minutes injury-time at the end of the game, during which Lucas Joao sent a header just wide.

Thorniley was knocked unconscious by the blow, but was conscious after the game and being taken to hospital.

Harris said: “I hope young Jordan is going to be okay, he got a horrific injury by the looks of it. The thoughts of me and my players are with him at the moment. He was playing very, very well.”

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John Kelly