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Harris pleased with 'exceptional' Millwall

30 July 2016

Boss provides post-match assessment following Testimonial draw

Neil Harris praised his Millwall side for some "exceptional" play during Saturday's 1-1 draw with Brentford at The Den.

Steve Morison scored a headed equaliser during Tony Craig's Testimonial after Yoann Barbet handed the visitors an early lead with a superb free-kick.

The Lions created a whole host of goalscoring chances during an entertaining and competitive encounter and Harris was pleased with much of his side's performance.

"First and foremost congratulations to Tony for the day going so well, but also for his performance. I thought he was absolutely outstanding today," the boss said.

"As for the game itself, we were disappointed with the award of the free-kick for their goal but it was a cracking set-piece. Other than the odd chance around that which they created, I thought we were exceptional with and without the ball. 

"I'd like to think that the fans who came will have seen the practise we've put in over the course of pre-season on show today.

"I am disappointed with two things; that it looks like a possible hamstring injury to Shaun Hutchinson and secondly the fact that we didn't score five, six, seven, eight or nine goals."

He added: "Today showed that if the players trust what we're doing then we'll be successful this year. We've done a lot of video work and sessions on the pitch which aren't always the most exciting, but it's a learning curve for them.

"This afternoon some of our pressing and the intensity of our play to regain the ball, as well as our patience, was outstanding.

"With the ball I thought we were exceptional between box to box. It was just the end product in the final third wasn't quite there at times."

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