Early Millwall goal against Brentford no coincidence

NEIL Harris believes it's no coincidence Millwall struck early for the second successive game as they defeated Brentford 1-0 on Saturday.

George Saville, just as he had done at Hull last week, scored after 51 seconds before Millwall withstood ferocious pressure from the Bees in the second half.

Brentford hit the woodwork twice and James Meredith cleared off the line after Saville had earlier also struck a post.

Millwall went ahead when they pushed up as the visitors tried to play the ball out from the back and Jed Wallace dispossessed Andreas Bjelland before finding Saville.

"It's a mark of their desire and where they're at," Harris said. "They're confident and get after the ball anyway. We got after the ball straightaway. Brentford play out from the back more than any other team in the division and are always going to give you a chance when they do it.

"They probably quite didn't expect us to start that well, but we're always on the front foot. That's the hunger in the group at the moment.

"The goal gives you something to hang on to. The problem is they throw caution to the wind and get bodies forward. When you need to stand strong, especially here at The Den, you have to stand strong, and I thought every one of my players did that from the front, the subs coming on, who were excellent, to Mezza's goal-line clearance.

"That was huge. He was there because of his anticipation, which is knowing the job, sensing danger. That goal-line clearance is every bit as important as a striker putting the ball in the net from three yards out.

"That sums us up, bodies on the line, goal-line clearances, 'keeper making saves. We definitely earned that clean sheet."

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John Kelly