Harris on Cahill's rapid booking in Millwall win at Hull: 'He's the same lad I grew up with'

NEIL Harris said Tim Cahill is “still the same lad I grew up with” – after seeing the veteran forward pick up a yellow card 10 seconds after coming on against Hull City on Tuesday night.

Cahill was a 72nd-minute substitute against the Tigers, and showed his competitive streak by blocking an attempted clearance from goalkeeper Allan McGregor as the opponents searched for a way back into the game.

Steve Morison also came on as a substitute and was booked for kicking the ball away with five minutes left.

Australian international Cahill made his fifth Lions appearance since signing for former team-mate Harris in January, his longest spell on the pitch so far.

“He’s getting fitter and you saw his affection for the game,” Harris said. “He’s still the same lad I grew up with, getting booked after 10 seconds, and then possibly kicking the ball away near the end.

“He’s infectious, the boys love him and he loves the boys. He comes on and brings that energy and enthusiasm.

“And, most importantly, he brings that knowledge of the game. Him and Steve at the end were just outstanding.”

After their 2-1 win at the KCOM Stadium, Millwall are six points off the play-offs ahead of their meeting with Brentford – just a point above them – at The Den this Saturday.

“The boys have been brilliant,” Harris said. “The staff work tirelessly to look at opposition and get the boys in peak condition. Hence why I’ve only made one change to the starting 11 in five games.

“I keep saying it, but the credit goes to the players. They play for each other, they play for us as a club. We’re a team that played really well away from home earlier in the season up to Christmas, but we couldn’t win. And you start questioning yourself and what you’re doing wrong.

“You speak to senior people in the game and they say, ‘keep doing it, keep doing it’. Five wins in a row [away from home in the league] at this level is a great achievement.

“It gives us real pride, and the players to a certain extent, without getting carried away, can pat themselves on the back. It’s a great football club with a brilliant squad. To come and play as we did, and be the better team in my opinion, is a testament to them.”

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John Kelly