'We're a happy camp' – Millwall boss on squad as relegation fight gets boost at Sheffield United

NEIL Harris said Millwall have a “happy camp” as they battle relegation – and added: “We’ll never be let down on desire, character and spirit.”

Ben Marshall missed an 86th-minute penalty at Bramall Lane before Jake Cooper headed home in the last minute of added-time to earn a point for his side.

Gary Madine had fired Sheffield United in front in the 51st minute, before John Egan was sent off for preventing substitute Tom Elliott’s header going in with five minutes left, only for Marshall to strike the bar from the spot.

Harris brought Conor McLaughlin and Shane Ferguson into his starting side and played five at the back against Chris Wilder’s side.

Marshall, Elliott and Aiden O'Brien came on as Millwall found their reward after putting United under late pressure.

“I’m delighted with a point, I think we deserved it,” Harris said.

“It’s the first time I’ve played a back five as a manager and I did it to try and combat Sheffield United and how good they are.

“We wanted to stay in the game as long as possible to try and combat their strengths of getting around the outside and putting balls into the box. And it just goes to show even us going to a back five, whatever you do it’s difficult to stop them.

“I was disappointed with the goal we conceded but I’m delighted with the character and belief we showed.

“Even at 11 versus 11 we were in the ascendancy. I thought the penalty would be telling. It was a great save on the line [from Egan], a cracking save that stops it going to 1-1.

“We were in the ascendancy and if we had got it back to 1-1 I fancied us to go on and win the game. If we had scored the penalty I expected us to go on and win the game 10 versus 11, the way we had been playing.

“I can’t fault the players, they were outstanding coming to Bramall Lane and getting a point. It was a great effort.

“What we might lack in certain qualities as a club and what we can afford, we won’t be let down on desire and character and spirit in the group. We have to play off that hugely.

“The boys didn’t stop, that’s the great thing. We keep going to the end, we always think there’s going to be another chance.

“With Jake Cooper this season something’s always likely to fall to him in the box.

"I back my players. It’s not going to be plain sailing, not going to be straightforward. There are teams around us that want the points the same as us.

"We have to make sure we come above that dotted line, that’s all that’s relevant at this stage of the season.

"What I will say at the moment is we’re in good form, we’re a happy camp. Players are in great spirits, individual players are playing well.

"As a team that’s five or six games in a row now where we’ve played very well. We went to Leeds a few weeks ago and should have got a point.

"Beating West Brom and drawing with QPR, they’re big results for us."

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John Kelly