MILLWALL boss Neil Harris is pleased his attacking players have hit goal-scoring form early in the 2019-20 season.
Tom Bradshaw and Aiden O’Brien’s goals in the 2-1 win at West Brom on Tuesday night in the EFL Cup came four days after Matt Smith’s equaliser against the same opponents in the league.
Jed Wallace scored the winner on the opening day against Preston, while Harris also pointed to strikes by Ben Thompson and Connor Mahoney in the 3-3 draw against Real Sociedad in their last friendly before the start of the season.
Harris made eight changes to his side from the 1-1 Championship draw at The Hawthorns on Saturday, and Bradshaw and O’Brien got off the mark for the campaign.
“It will do the group the world of good that that’s him [Bradshaw], Aiden, Matt Smith, in the game before the season started Ben Thompson as a 10 and Connor Mahoney, Jed Wallace in the first game of the season, all got off the mark. That’s all my attacking players scoring goals.
“Jon Dadi [Bodvarsson] is really rusty but he’ll get there with work on the training pitch and minutes on the pitch. We’re a goal threat going forward which is key.”
There were several outstanding individual performances on Tuesday night. Jason McCarthy also made his debut following his summer move from Wycombe.
Shaun Hutchinson wore the captain’s armband on his first start of the season, in front of debutant Luke Steele in goal.
Harris added: “McCarthy as well showed qualities, Aiden came back in. I thought Luke was unfortunate with the goal, the deflection and off the bar, he deserved a clean sheet.
“So there were some really good performances. Hutch grew into the game after the first 15 minutes and trusted himself again. He’s a big player for us this season. I’ve got strength in depth at the moment. Yes we’ve only got 20 players, which will be the smallest in the Championship again, but they’re all competing and playing well.
“They understand they might be in the team and we win a game, but they might not be involved the week after. It doesn’t mean they’ve not played well or are not important to the group, it’s that we have try keep people fresh when we can.”
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