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Chopper praises young Lions

24 January 2014

U21s battle to 1-1 draw with Charlton

Lions coach Neil Harris praised his young charges after watching Millwall's U21s battle for a 1-1 draw with neighbours Charlton Athletic on Friday afternoon.

He told millwallfc.co.uk: "I thought we were excellent, particularly in the first-half and created plenty of chances.

"Jack Powell in midfield was outstanding but it was a good effort by everyone. Like the first team, we are trying to develop a way of playing out from the back and keeping possession, and we did that to good effect at times today."

Alfie Pavey went close for The Lions early on, seeing a couple of headers saved by Addicks keeper Dylan Phillips.

The hosts were then unlucky not to go in front after 30 minutes when a fine move involving Fred Onyedinma and Charlie Penny ended with Niall McManus being denied by Phillips.

However, it was the visitors who got their noses in front on 43 minutes when Cadell Daniels' free-kick from the right was headed home at the far post by Morgan Fox.

Charlton's lead lasted barely two minutes, however, as Tom Bender was flattened in the box whilst challenging for a header and Powell smashed home the ensuing spot-kick.

Chances were at a premium after the break with both sides cancelling each otherĀ  out, but Millwall did survive an almighty goalmouth scramble five minutes from time before keeper Tom Beadle was able to smother the ball.

Millwall: Beadle, Hoyte, Bender, Powell, De Havilland, J.Goodman, Siafa (Danquah, 80'), McManus, Pavey (Philpot, 75'), Onyedinma, Penny. Subs not used: Nelson, M.Goodman, Twardek

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