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Harris reviews Millwall's win over Fleetwood Town

19 April 2016

The boss reserves praise for Morison and Archer

Neil Harris conceded that Millwall were "nowhere near" their best during Tuesday night's win over Fleetwood Town, but praised his players for the passion, desire and commitment on show.

Steve Morison netted a superb goal after 52 minutes, lifting the ball over Cod Army keeper Chris Maxwell from inside the box to help The Lions up to fourth in the table.

"We were certainly nowhere near our best tonight," Harris admitted, "But how often are you at this stage of the season?

"At times this season we've lost or drawn games when we should have won and maybe tonight was the other way around.

"If you look at what the difference was between the two teams you can pick out the quality of the finish for the winning goal. It was one of the best goals I've seen Steve score for Millwall.

"At this stage of the season it is only about the points for all clubs. Tonight was scrappy but we got the win, and that is all that counts.

"The victory was all about the passion, desire and commitment of the players."

The boss reserved special praise for goalscorer Morison and keeper Jordan Archer, who produced a superb double save in second-half stoppage time.

"Steve has been outstanding. He's been a real talisman for us," Harris added.

"Lee Gregory has had a lot of plaudits because he has scored more goals, and he's been outstanding, but Steve leads the team and brings that experience. He has that Millwall knowledge.

"When you're not at your best sometimes you have to rely on people. We relied on Steve to score us a goal tonight but at the other end a special mention has to go to Jordan. The fella doesn't like conceding goals and he prides himself on clean sheets, as all keepers do. I thought his discipline and shot stopping was outstanding tonight and when we needed him he stood up to the task."

The Lions ended the game with Mahlon Romeo, Ben Thompson, Fred Onyedinma, Aiden O'Brien and Jamie Philpot on the pitch - a sign of the Millwall manager's faith in his young players.

Harris continued: "What we're trying to do at this club is bring the youngsters through and if you don't give them that opportunity to experience nights like that, when your backs are against the wall, then how are they going to learn?

"I will continue to give the young lads a chance this season, the next and further into the future."

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