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Harris hails Millwall character after first leg victory

15 May 2016

The boss provides his assessment of Sunday's win

Neil Harris praised his Millwall side for the character they showed en route to securing a 3-1 victory over Bradford City in Sunday's Play-Off Semi-Final second leg.

Tony McMahon gave the home side an early lead, converting a penalty after Joe Martin handled, but The Lions hit back with a fine leveller from Lee Gregory just two minutes later. Steve Morison then put Millwall in front with a fantastic header from Shane Ferguson's corner before Martin, who played despite suffering with illness in the past few days, curled home a stunning free-kick just before the interval.

Bradford threw plenty at The Lions' defence during the second-half but they held firm to earn what could prove to be a vital two-goal advantage heading into next Friday's second leg at The Den.

"It was a fantastic display today," Harris said.

"The character the players showed from start to finish was really very impressive, and I'm delighted with their performance out there.

"It was a blow to go behind early on in the game, which helped to build up the atmosphere in the stadium, but our response to that set-back was fantastic.

"The three goals we scored were of outstanding quality and typified all that has been good about our game this season; the combination play for the first, the set-piece for the second and then Joe's free-kick, which he has been threatening to do for a few months now. They were all excellent finishes.

"It's important to remember that this is only half-time in the game and there is a long, long way to go. But the players won't need any reminding of that going into Friday's game at The Den.

"I'm sure there will be a special atmosphere on the night and we will need every bit of support from the fans because it is going to be a very tough game."

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