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Millwall manager Harris looking for progress following pre-season opener

15 July 2015

Chopper 'really pleased' with elements of his side's performance in the 2-2 draw against Bromley

Millwall boss Neil Harris was pleased with the competitiveness shown by both teams during his side's pre-season opener against Bromley on Tuesday night.

Second-half goals from John Marquis (penalty) and Ben Thompson helped The Lions on their way to a 2-2 draw in front of a large crowd at Hayes Lane.

Harris used a total of 21 players during the 90 minutes, 12 of which have graduated from or are currently playing in the club's youth set-up, and the Lions manager was pleased to see many of the youngsters in his squad take their opportunity to impress.

"It was a competitive fixture which we knew it would be," he said.

"It was the first chance for us to play in front of our supporters but also with it being a local game we knew Bromley were going to have a right good go as well.

"Some of our play was really good, though at times it was a little rushed and impatient. But we scored two good goals and created of chances. 

"We deserved to win the game but the important thing is that a lot of our younger players managed to get on the pitch and mix with the senior ones."

Summer signings Joe Martin and Jordan Archer started the game while fellow new recruit Tony Craig came on for Mark Beevers at half-time. The experienced defender played alongside Byron Webster during the second period - one of several partnerships Harris was keeping an eye on all over the pitch.

"We are mixing and matching all the time," the manager added. 

"It is a chance for me to look at different combinations, whether that is centre-halves, centre-forwards or wide players with full-backs. 

"At the moment there is no real fluidness to our game which is the case is in pre-season. I remember that from when I was a player and I know it now as a manager. But it will come.

"Once I get more settled with who is playing where and what we're doing then the boys will get used to each other. They are certainly taking on board the ideas we are putting across in training.

"Overall I'm really pleased. Now we just need to look at progressing each game and AFC Wimbledon is the next one."

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