Millwall boss 'dreading' picking team against Hull – but praises resilience at Ashton Gate

NEIL Harris joked “I might register myself” after seeing his side lose another two players to injury in Millwall’s 1-1 draw at Bristol City on Sunday.

Shaun Williams’ equaliser with 12 minutes left rescued a point after Jake Cooper’s 52nd-minute own goal at Ashton Gate.

Harris was already without forwards Lee Gregory, Tom Elliott and Tom Bradshaw, before Aiden O’Brien was stretchered off and Williams went off after being injured scoring against the Robins.

Harris was thrilled with his side’s resolve.

“Firstly, credit to Bristol, they played some really good football at times, but I’m delighted with my players’ character and resilience,” Harris said.

“I questioned it, to the players, after the game Wednesday because we were poor against Birmingham, we never really got going. I was disappointed.

“I asked for a response. Thursday and Friday we really stripped it back to going back to basics – and I won’t apologise to anyone for us being basic today, at times, with the ball, and forcing Bristol City back the first half hour.

“Where I’m delighted is some players really came back to form today. I thought Shaun Hutchinson was the best player on the pitch.

“The character of the players, the spirit in the camp, going a goal behind here, I was looking at it thinking, ‘will we bounce back?’ And we did, we forced a little bit of pressure and then scored a really good goal.

“To not have Lee Gregory and Tom Elliott, Steve Morison probably only about 80 per cent fit, Aiden O’Brien going up front but then going off on a stretcher, losing Shaun Williams, it is tough and I’m already dreading to have to pick a team next week – I might register myself! – but it was brilliant from us, it was a great point.

“For us to get a foothold in the division we have to get points like that.”

Bristol City boss Lee Johnson had little complaint with the result.

“We’ll take the point,” he said. “We’re disappointed after being in the lead and controlling the game. But it’s four points in two big games.

“We had a lot of bodies in the box from a good break, the defender’s tried to clear it and it’s gone in. We hadn’t had a lot of luck in recent games but that one certainly fell for us.

“Maybe they might see it as unlucky but I see it as fully deserved at that point in the game.

“When you’re in a 1-0 winning position you want to win the game, particularly at home. They’ve had maybe one or two shots on goal and that one was a poor goal to concede. We should have stopped the diag better, we should have been stronger, but it’s 19-year-old against a big 36, 34 [year-old] whatever he is, Morison, he’s a big strong lad, gets the knock-down and we don’t track the runner – bang, goal. That’s all it takes, one lapse in concentration.

“At 1-0 down they were always going to give it a go, sling a few bodies forward, and that’s what happened.”

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John Kelly