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Harris "delighted" for debut star Philpot

2 May 2015

Manager lauds striker after memorable senior bow

Millwall manager Neil Harris praised Jamie Philpot after the striker came off the bench to score on his senior debut during Saturday's 4-2 defeat to Wolves at Molineux.

Philpot, who signed a professional contract with the club on Thursday, netted with his first touch but was then forced off injured just minutes later to complete a dramatic cameo from the young forward.

Harris named six fresh Academy graduates in his squad - three in the starting line-up - but it was Wolves who took the points thanks to goals from Nouha Dicko (2), Ethan Ebanks-Landell and Bakary Sako, with Aiden O'Brien grabbing Millwall's other effort.

"I'm delighted for young Jamie because he has deserved his chance with the way he has performed for the U21s this season," Harris said.

"He is a natural finisher and it is good to have one of those in the club no matter the age.

"Jamie showed what he can do by making that kind of impact and we hope the injury which forced him off isn't too serious.

"We are looking to give our younger players the opportunities they deserve. They are a big part of Millwall's future and we saw that again today with Aiden scoring as well, Jack (Powell) and Sid (Nelson) doing well, Alfie (Pavey) coming on and also Ben Thompson, who would've come off the bench if it wasn't for Jamie's injury."

Harris was pleased with his team's attacking play but couldn't hide his disappointment as The Lions conceded four goals to Kenny Jackett's side, who missed out on a Play-Off place despite the victory.

"I thought we could've defended a lot better and I've said that in the dressing room. We let in four goals and that is not acceptable.

"But going forward I thought we did well. We created a lot of chances and caused them some problems. On another day we could've scored some more goals."

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