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Harris delighted with defending as Millwall beat Rochdale

13 February 2016

The boss shares his post-match assessment

Millwall manager Neil Harris was full of praise for his side's defending during Saturday's hard-fought 1-0 win over Rochdale.

Lee Gregory grabbed the game's winning goal after 54 minutes - a strike which takes the forward to 19 for the season, nine of which have come in The Lions' last eight games.

But it was the manner of Millwall's defending which most pleased Harris, whose side have now won five or their last six League matches.

"It was a really disciplined and aggressive performance defensively, and the one clear opening we got we took," Harris said afterwards.

"Lee Gregory will take the headlines again for yet another goal but I think he will be the first to pay tribute to the goalkeeper and the back four for a defensive display which deserved the clean sheet.

"I'm delighted with the result. It was keenly contested and it wasn't pretty at times, but the boys dug in for what we may look back on as a really important victory for us this season.

"The boys are throwing their bodies on the line for the cause and that is something which is really very pleasing for me as a manager.

"You can see the spirit on the pitch today, and I think that is epitomised by how the whole team and the subs, and the non-playing subs, went over to show their appreciation to a fan base that again travelled in large numbers to come and see a good Millwall performance.

"We're in a good position in the League and we're on a good run, but we are still here for one reason - to get better as a club for the future. There are no promises or expectations this year, but what is expected is that we grow with this group of players for the future."

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