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Harris delighted with Millwall's performance during the hard-fought draw at Scunthorpe

22 August 2015

Lions boss praises debutants and hails travelling supporters

Millwall manager Neil Harris declared himself 'delighted' with his side's performance during the 0-0 draw against Scunthorpe United on Saturday afternoon.

The Lions lined-up in a 4-3-3 formation at Glanford Park - with full League debutants Jordan Archer and Ben Thompson in goal and in midfield respectively - and Harris's men put in a composed and controlled display on their way to picking up a first clean sheet of the season.

The visitors were grateful for Paddy Madden's second-half penalty miss but Harris insisted that his side warranted that slice of good fortune after a hard-working and assured display.

"I'm absolutely delighted," the boss said.

"We deserved that little bit of luck that we got at times, especially with the penalty miss.

"On another day we could have had two or three goals. The chances we created were excellent.

"There are plenty of positives for us to focus on. At some stages during a season you have to dig in, you have to roll your sleeves up and compete - at this club more so than anywhere. Today we have done that and we have done that as a team.

"The fans fed off of that and the players were phenomenal for 90 minutes.

"To get the first clean sheet of the season is a big plus."

Harris had particular praise for Archer and Thompson, who put in superb performances on their first League starts for the club.

"The team as a whole was outstanding," he added.

"We made a call to play Jordan and while he was disappointed, Fordey was the complete professional that he is. He helped Jordan prepare for the game.

"He was excellent from the first minute to the last and made some real good saves.

"Ben was a breath of fresh air in the team. His energy and enthusiasm is infectious and it rubs off.

"He came in on merit with the performances that he has put in off the bench and I was delighted with the team, but also those two individuals especially."

Close to 400 Lions fans travelled up to get behind their side and Harris was elated with the contribution they made to Millwall's performance.

"The positivity from first minute to last was great," he said.

"It's the school holidays, people are having to spend their money every day looking after the kids and taking them places, and we get 400 coming all the way up here.

"Do I expect it? No, you never expect it, but because it is them they do it for us.

"We are all in it together."

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