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Harris is so happy

10 August 2015

What the papers said after Millwall's win at Shrewsbury on Saturday

Millwall kicked off the new campaign with an opening day 2-1 success at League One newcomers Shrewsbury Town, and here follows a selection of how the media reported on Saturday's win at Greenhous Meadow.

The Sun
Harris is so happy


Millwall manager Neil Harris was all smiles after The Lions roared back to seal victory.

James Collins put the hosts ahead when he steered home Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro's cross 10 minutes after the break.

But striker Steve Morison levelled when he converted an inviting cross from the dangerous Fred Onyedinma after 59 minutes.

Then Morison, who is on loan from Leeds (sic), won a penalty when he was bundled over by Mat Sadler in the 67th-minute.

Lee Gregory converted to give the Londoners maximum points.

Harris said: "I was delighted. It certainly sets a marker down for the level of performance that we want to be setting week in, week out."

Shrewsbury boss Micky Mellon said: "It was a tight game. It was going to be about who would blink first."

Shropshire Star
Micky Mellon deflated by Town's reversal

Boss Micky Mellon claimed the difference between the teams was Millwall reacted better to Shrewsbury Town's goal than they did after his side's 2-1 defeat.
 
James Collins gave Town a 55th-minute lead, but it was quickly cancelled out by Steve Morison (59) and Lee Gregory’s 67th minute penalty.

Mellon said: "I'm always disappointed to lose any game, but I'm probably most disappointed at losing after getting our noses in front in a match where there probably wasn't an awful lot in it.

"Millwall reacted better to our goal than we did and all of a sudden from being 1-0 up we were 2-1 down and it’s tough to take, but we've got to get better at that."

Mellon was disappointed with the manner of the defending after Morison was unmarked to tap home Fred Onyedinma’s cross and Mat Sadler pushed Morison for the penalty.

And Mellon said: "We've gone through the goals and there were naive bits of defending where we've got to be better and we were diving in around the 18-yard box when there was no real need to.

"But we'll learn from that. I think it was a penalty - their lad (Morison) knew he was going to get to it first and then you felt that any sort of contact and he'd go down."

Two divisions separated the teams last season, but Mellon felt there was little between the sides.

He said: "It was a tight game; they were quite direct with two front men who are willing runners and a real handful.

"I thought we handled that OK and we said at half-time fine margins would determine the game.

"We certainly saw it's a step up and the margins are very fine so you have to work hard to make sure they come out on your side.

"There are certainly areas we want to be better in - we want to pass it better and cause more problems in the final third.

"But I thought we matched them for long spells - I don't think there was a gap or much between the sides.

"It was going to be about who blinked first and who made the errors or who didn't quite deal with a certain situation, and on two occasions it was us."

At 2-1 down, Mellon introduced wingers Junior Brown and Shaun Whalley for their debuts for Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro on the left and Martin Woods, who played wide right.

The Town boss said: "We tried to get a bit of width and get two natural wingers going at them, but I don't think we gained enough control to service the wide men as much as we'd have liked.

"Millwall showed good game-management after they scored - it just seemed to be free kick after free kick which killed the tempo and didn't allow us to get our wide players into the game."

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