Millwall boss after Sheffield United draw: 'It's a point gained'

NEIL Harris was pleased with a point after his side came from behind to draw with Sheffield United.

The Lions were behind to Leon Clarke’s 74th-minute close-range header, before Steve Morison’s fourth of the season earned a point at Bramall Lane to keep three points between the sides in the race for the play-off spots.

Harris hailed the impact of Morison, who had been rested for Tuesday night’s 2-0 win at Bolton.

“Tom Elliott had been in fantastic form in training and he was exceptional at Hull a few weeks ago,” Harris said. “That’s 12 games and I’ve only made two changes because the players have performed so well.

“I just thought that with their shape and freedom to play that Steve’s leadership was going to be key, and a fresh Steve was going to be key. I’m glad I made the decision during the week because Tom scored the first goal [against Bolton] and Steve scored today.

“When you need your big-time players and your experienced leaders to step up in key moments Steve has done it again for Millwall Football Club.”

Millwall were also indebted to Jordan Archer after the goalkeeper produced several superb saves, the pick of them to deny George Baldock and Billy Sharp from point-blank range, and between those efforts he tipped Lee Evans’ 30-yard dipping shot over the crossbar.

Harris said: “We talked a lot before the game what a good attacking side Sheffield United are and now they create overloads and the amount of chances they get. They are right up there in terms of chances created with us this year.

“You have to stand strong, we had to be a strong Millwall side today and respect their attack. They find a way to make chances, like we do, and you throw your bodies on the line, you need good defending.

“When you do get those moments when they get through and have efforts on target you need your goalkeeper to stand strong, and Jordan did that today.

“It’s a point gained for us, most definitely. First and foremost credit to both teams in a fantastic atmosphere. I used to love playing here and that was a great atmosphere at this level.

“It was two sides with so much at stake but still managing to produce moments of quality football. I thought there was some edginess on the pitch as well, which is probably natural at this stage of the season.

“It’s a good point for us because it keeps the distance between us and Sheffield United. To be one goal down here – and the atmosphere was alight after they scored – and to come back means it’s an excellent point.”

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John Kelly