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Harris focuses on the positives after Millwall draw with MK Dons

13 August 2016

The boss provides his post-match assessment

Neil Harris focused on the positives after watching his Millwall side play out a 2-2 draw with MK Dons on Saturday afternoon.

Former Lion Ed Upson turned Tony Craig's goalbound header into his own net to open the scoring before David Worrall doubled the advantage with his first for the club just three minutes later.

But the home side quickly struck back and were on level terms within five minutes thanks to a brace from debutant Keiran Agard - all before half-time.

The Lions enjoyed the better of the second period and could have taken all three points when Craig's late header was expertly tipped over by David Martin, but the home side clung on for a share of the spoils at Stadium MK.

"We got 2-0 up and I thought we looked completely comfortable," Harris said after the game.

"It was an excellent ball into the box and a good finish (for Worrall's strike). I thought once we scored the second goal that should have just been us relaxing and being professional.
"And then there's a crazy five-minute spell where we concede two goals in a short space of time. We had a little bit of a wobble and I got the boys in at half-time and told them to relax.

"They were a little bit disappointed but when you look at the positives we scored two goals and created chances.

"In the second-half I wanted us to be a little bit more aggressive in our approach and really get after MK Dons with and without the ball and I was really pleased with the performance.

"My glass is certainly half full. There is some disappointment in the dressing room but we were excellent for large parts of the game. There are still many positives for us.

"If we see out five minutes after their first goal then it gives us a real foothold in the game. It's a learning process for us."

Shaun Williams and Shane Ferguson both came off injured during the game and will need assessing before Tuesday's visit to Peterborough United.

"Two boys have come off with knocks and we'll have to see how they progress over the next 48 hours," Harris continued.

"We'll obviously give them every opportunity to be ready for Tuesday night."

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