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Millwall boss Harris satisfied with progression shown during Stevenage win

26 July 2015

Manager praises squad sharpness after Beevers goal secures victory at The Lamex

Millwall boss Neil Harris was pleased to see some "clear progression" during Saturday's 1-0 win over Stevenage at The Lamex Stadium.

Mark Beevers scored the only goal of the game but in truth The Lions could have scored a few more during a dominant performance against their League Two opponents.

"First of all it was great to go out there and get a win," Harris said.

"We have worked exceptionally hard all pre-season, as have all teams, but we have really pushed the boys. This week we have really sharpened up in training and I think we saw that out on the pitch today.

"Our movement from the two wide men and the two strikers was outstanding. John Marquis and Lee Gregory looked a real pair up front for us.

"If I was being critical then I'd say on another day we might have scored a fair few more.

"But there was some clear progression. We looked very bright and got plenty of bodies in the box."

Beevers netted from close range following a free-kick from Jack Powell and Harris is keen for his team to improve that side of their game this season.

"We need to be doing better from set-pieces," he said. "There hasn't been enough goals from corners and free-kicks.

"The delivery needs to be good but the hunger to win the ball is key."

After the match Harris reiterated his desire to add to his squad in the coming weeks but insists any new arrival has to be the right fit for his squad.

"We have identified transfer targets - ones which we think will suit our group," he added.

"On top of actual ability, character and personality are absolutely key for us.

"What is pleasing is that competition for places is already looking good. Anyone who comes on off the bench knows their job and you can see just how hungry everyone is."

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