Harris on Millwall's first-choice spot-kick taker – and 'wonderful' group who 'will improve'

NEIL Harris praised Jed Wallace for his "bravery" after he returned from suspension to score a penalty in Millwall's 1-1 draw with Hull.

Wallace fired home his second goal of the season after Matt Smith had been fouled, before Kamil Grosicki scored Hull's leveller.

"I think you're always going to miss a player of Jed's quality," Harris said. "I said to him downstairs that I still want more from him, more quality in the penalty area, he turned down a lot of crossing opportunities today to get the ball into the box.

"[He showed] good bravery to take the penalty and dispatch it the way he did, I thought second half he was unplayable at times and made it very difficult for [Leonardo Da Silva] Lopes to defend against him.

"Jed's a player at this level who has got pace and trickery. He's going to give the ball away at times, I accept it. He gets things wrong but there is so much quality to his game and anybody in this league would miss his quality if he didn't play."

Harris was asked if Wallace is now Millwall's first-choice penalty taker.

He responded: "Well he scored today, so I think it will be a struggle to get the ball off him! I think I missed three in a row once and no one was getting the ball off me, so after scoring today I don't think you're going to get the ball off him."

Harris felt Millwall should have got six rather than two points from their last two games against Hull and Middlesbrough, but he is pleased with the start to the season.

"It is a completely different scenario [from last year] in the sense that I have a wonderful group of player downstairs that are settled and are disappointed that they haven't got more points," Harris said. "They are a group that want to learn, they want to improve and they will improve.

"We're disappointed with the Fulham result but other than that, certainly here, we have been really solid and reliable – giving very little away chances-wise. We can still be better without the ball but with the ball is an area we need to improve.

"Nine points from six games is a solid return and over the next two weeks being able to reflect on that I think I will be quite positive on it.

"But when you're going well and have the ascendancy in games you need to score goals. At Boro last week in the first half and the last 10 minutes, and then today in the second half, we have not had that clinical edge that we really need to be a force in this division."

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John Kelly