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Harris "delighted" with defensive solidity as Millwall draw with Bradford

31 October 2015

Chopper reviews his side's 0-0 stalemate against The Bantams

Millwall boss Neil Harris was pleased with his side's defensive display as The Lions earned a hard-fought point at home to Bradford City on Saturday afternoon.

It was a game of a few chances but there was still plenty of entertainment in SE16 as the two sides battled to a 0-0 draw to maintain impressive recent runs of form.

Shaun Williams had Millwall's best chance of the game midway through the second-half when his powerful header was superbly tipped over by his namesake, Bradford keeper Ben.

And despite an end-to-end final quarter, both defences held firm and it was that element to his side's performance which pleased Harris most.

"I'm delighted with the clean sheet," he said afterwards.

"The effort, determination and defending was fantastic at times, but we maybe just lacked a little bit of quality all over the park really.

"We put a lot of balls into their backline, in and around their box, and I think Steve Morison put in a terrific performance as a target man today. He used his body well, used his experience well and won a lot of flick-ons and nod-downs.

"I just felt that as a team we were not proactive onto the next ball and were a little bit reactive. That was maybe a sign that it was just a game too far for some bodies out there.

"But on the whole I'm delighted with the point and with how far we have come since October 3rd at Peterborough."

Harris was dealt an injury blow after 56 minutes when Tony Craig was forced off having made a typically full-blooded challenge on James Hanson to deny him a shot at goal.

But in the immediate aftermath of the match, the Millwall boss admitted that there was no clear diagnosis just yet.

"It's too early to tell," he said.

"He has got a sore knee and a sore ankle so has some pain all down there. We don't know how he is going to settle down.

"It was a great tackle so we have our fingers crossed. He has been an outstanding captain and has played really well this season."

On a final note, Harris reserved special praise for the Millwall fans, who helped to create a noisy atmosphere in SE16.

"The atmosphere within The Den in the second-half was fantastic and it reminded me of days when I played," he said.

"I said to the boys that is what we've got to recreate every home game from now on."

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