The boss provides his post-match assessment
Neil Harris felt superior fitness levels and his substitutions made a difference as Millwall secured a comfortable 2-0 victory over West Brom in the Checkatrade Trophy on Tuesday night.
Jimmy Abdou and Steve Morison scored second-half goals to ensure all three points in the club's opening Group H fixture.
It was an impressive young Baggies team on display and while in the end Millwall's experience and extra quality in the final third told, Harris was full of praise for his side's opponents.
"First and foremost I thought West Brom were a credit to their football club," Harris said.
"I think they've got two very proud coaches tonight. I thought their shape, determination, desire and work rate was first class in the first-half.
"We were a little bit slow in moving the ball, a bit safe in possession at times, which comes when you've got effectively three debuts out there. I asked them at half-time to be a little more aggressive in their decision making and to move the ball quicker.
"I think fitness and substitutes, certainly, made a difference. There was probably just a little more quality in the end."
Harris handed full senior debuts to Kris Twardek and Noah Chesmain and was chuffed with their overall contribution.
"I was pleased with Twards," the boss added.
"He's a winger who is going to be in the game and out the game, and who will give the ball away then put a great cross in the box, go past two and then tread on it. That's what most wide players do.
"I thought Noah was exceptional. He showed his quality tonight and glimpses to the fan base of what he is all about. He's a tough-tackling full-back that can get forward and he has got real quality in the final third."
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