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Harris praises Millwall character in Gillingham draw

8 April 2017

"Seven points out of nine is a really good return," says the manager

Millwall boss Neil Harris cited the last seven days as "outstanding" following the 1-1 Sky Bet League One draw with Gillingham at Priestfield on Saturday afternoon.

Joe Quigley gave the hosts the lead in controversial circumstances on 67 minutes, but Steve Morison levelled five minutes later to secure a crucial point for The Lions.

The result moves Harris' outfit into the top six.

"As a whole, the week has been outstanding," said the manager.

"Seven points out of nine against three tough opponents is a really good return. In isolation, it was a really good performance. All we gave Gillingham was scrambles and set-pieces.

"I thought our use of the ball was really good, our movement was good and we got in really good areas and had countless chances to score."

The manner in which the home side took the lead was questionable, as Tom King appeared to be pushed out of play in the build-up.

Harris stated that following the decision, the thought of it "not being our day" came into mind, but praised the character of his players in the aftermath.

"At one moment I was worried, because when the decision to give a corner leading to their goal happens, you think that it isn't going to be your day.

"The chances we had and the pressure we put them under - you think it isn't going to be our day. But the character of the players following it was outstanding.

"If anything, we got better. It didn't knock us out of our stride - we used the ball even better. When we got back to 1-1, I thought there was only one winner."

Meanwhile, Joe Martin and David Worrall deputised for Tony Craig and Shane Ferguson - and the manager singled out both for praise, whilst giving an update on the injured duo.

"Joe is a top man and a great professional," he added. "He hasn't been in the squad because numbers dictate. He's been fit and willing to travel and the boys love him. Today, him and David Worrall got better as the game went on.

"Tony has a dead leg and it's spread to his quad. He got up this morning and demanded a fitness test!

"Shane Ferguson, meanwhile, has bruised ribs following a collision on Tuesday night."

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