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Harris 'delighted' with Millwall character

9 April 2016

The boss provides his post-match assessment

Neil Harris says he was 'delighted' with the character his Millwall players displayed during their 3-1 win over Shrewsbury Town at The Den on Saturday afternoon.

Larnell Cole gave the visitors the lead after just five minutes but The Lions hit back with three second-half goals - the first of which was a stunning volley from Ben Thompson, his first League goal for the club.

Steve Morison put Millwall in front on the hour mark before Lee Gregory netted a late penalty after he had been fouled in the box by keeper Mark Halstead, who was sent off.

"I'm delighted with the character," Harris said.

"I said to the guys after the game that you can change formation and personnel, but it counts for nothing if your team doesn't have desire and heart.

"The boys have come so far this season that we have gone past the stage of panicking at half-time if we're trailing or not in front. Yes we adjusted the shape, but I said to the guys that we had to be braver on the football because we've got good footballers in the team; really good ball carriers and handlers.

"I saw hope for us (before half-time). We got into some good areas, forced some corners and had a couple of half chances. We needed to particularly get between the lines because Shrewsbury came with a clear gameplan of 4-5-1 to frustrate us and hit us on the counter attack.

"Ben Thompson got us back into it with a goal right out of the top drawer. I've seen him do that for the under 16s, 18s and 21s in the last few years, and he does that type of thing in training, too. It was a great moment for him.

"That gave us the platform to build from and Steve did what he has done his whole career with that powerful header.

"The second-half performance was really very pleasing and I think in the end we deserved the victory. Lee's penalty right at the end was the icing on top for us."

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