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Harris pleased with Millwall 'resilience'

23 January 2016

Boss full of praise after comeback victory

Neil Harris admitted that Millwall were not at their best during Saturday's win over Chesterfield but praised his players for coming from behind to secure all three points.

Samy Morsy gave the hosts a first-half lead but The Lions quickly hit back when Aiden O'Brien headed home less than two minutes later. The turnaround was completed early on in the second-half when Lee Gregory slotted home his 14th goal of the season to earn a victory which lifted Millwall into the League One Play-Off places.

"In the first 30 minutes or so we were not at our best," Harris said.

"The boys have shown great resilience and we had to work hard for that win.

"I thought we deservedly went behind in the game and we never really got going for whatever reason. We were a little bit slow out of the traps and we certainly couldn't keep the ball.

"That was the difference from when we scored until the end of the game; we took care of the football.

"We adjusted slightly when we got back to 1-1, asking Steve (Morison) to play a little bit deeper, which is a role he can certainly do because he has got the knowledge, ability and desire to do that dirty work around their midfield players. And I think that gave us a real option to get out.

"I thought Lee Gregory's hold-up and link-up play, as well as his forward running, was fantastic and he deserved his goal.

"It was nowhere near our best performance of the season but it's a hugely important victory. It was a battle."

Harris continued: "It's a terrific achievement to get into the top six.

"The lads have done brilliantly to get there but we have to stay there now.

"I have asked about the character and mentality a few times this season, and I think rightly so because we have to improve. The players have always responded to that and today was a big achievement; to come to a real tricky place, to go behind against a team on the up and come from behind to win is really pleasing."

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