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Harris 'delighted' with second-half response at Crawley Town

23 July 2016

Boss pleased with reaction as The Lions come from behind to win

Millwall manager Neil Harris admitted to having a few half-time words with his players as they trailed 2-1 in Saturday's pre-season friendly at Crawley - but declared himself 'delighted' as his side turned that deficit into a 3-2 win at the Checkatrade.com Stadium.

Lee Gregory headed Millwall into a 16th-minute lead only to see the home side capitalise with two goals in 15 minutes through Enzio Boldewijn (20mins) and Jordan Roberts (35mins) to take a 2-1 lead in at the break.

However a fired up Lions turned the tables with Shaun Williams (67mins) and a late Steve Morison header securing a third successive pre-season win for Harris' charges.

"I had a few words at half-time; I didn't lose my temper but I was quite strong with my words," Harris told millwallfc.co.uk

"I thought that some of our decision-making in the first-half was very pre-season like. There were no excuses, yes it was hot and sticky out on the pitch but I thought some of the senior players' decision-making in that first 45 minutes was very poor.

"I let them know and they held their hands up; they are very honest. I said that we should get back to our good habits again, that we didn't quite press the ball hard enough and we were sitting off, but there was never a problem until we made the errors leading up to the goals.

"I told the players that in the second-half I wanted us to squeeze up the park and move the ball around a bit more and I thought we were outstanding.

"I remember one of their players having a shot that Fordey saved, but other than that they didn't really get near our penalty box, let alone our goal, so I am delighted with that and with our reaction.

"This was a really good work-out for us."

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