Millwall boss: 'He's not just a quality player – he's a quality man in the changing room'

MILLWALL manager Neil Harris hailed Ben Marshall’s impact on his second Lions debut – and said the on-loan Norwich man is “a great fit” for the club.

Marshall went straight into the side after completing his move from the Canaries last week, and Harris felt he and Jed Wallace – the two wide attackers in a 4-3-3 formation – were the “best players on the pitch” as the Lions drew 1-1.

Millwall renewed their interest in Marshall, 27, this season when it became apparent he wasn’t going to break into the side at Norwich, who beat the Lions to his permanent signature last summer.

Once he became available for transfer Millwall were always in pole position to land him after his successful 16-game stint in south London last season.

Marshall played 73 minutes at the weekend, his first league appearance since last August.

“I thought Ben was excellent,” Harris said. “I thought the team was excellent. We individually showed some really strong performances.

“Ben showed his quality and his composure at times, and certainly his ability in putting the ball in the box.

“He’s a player who became available that I wanted to work with again. I thought him and Jed Wallace in the wide areas were the two best players on the pitch.

“He’s not just a quality player for us, he’s a quality man in the changing room.

“He was an important part of our team in the second half of last season – people like Ben and people like Timmy Cahill were really vital. Obviously not having them and losing George Saville, who was a big character, was a blow.

“We have really good guys but sometimes you need to balance off and Ben comes and brings a lot to us.

“It’s not just his character – let’s not forget his ability, the amount of games that he’s played, the amount of goals that he’s scored and chances he’s created throughout his career.

“For us, he’s a great fit.”

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John Kelly