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Harris praises "outstanding" Millwall despite Fleetwood defeat

17 April 2017

"I'm really pleased with the focus and performance," says the manager

Millwall boss Neil Harris had nothing but praise for his Lions side despite a 1-0 Sky Bet League One defeat to Fleetwood Town on Easter Monday.

Ben Davies' first-half stoppage-time header won the game for The Cod Army, but the visitors dominated large parts of the 90 minutes, forcing 16 corners and 15 shots on goal.

Fleetwood goalkeeper Alex Cairns was in inspired form, however, making three outstanding saves to prevent Millwall levelling, with Ben Thompson and Lee Gregory also hitting the woodwork early on.

"I thought we were outstanding at times and by far the better team over the course of the 90 minutes," said Harris.

"I thought we played some of our best attacking football on the road this year, if not all season.

"It's criminal that we weren't four or five up before we conceded and criminal that we didn't get back into the game, but we'll learn from the 15 minutes before half-time. The rest of the game, however, was outstanding.

"I've said to the boys in the dressing room that I'm really pleased with the focus and the performance."

Southend United's defeat at home to MK Dons means that Millwall remain in 6th spot in the League table with just two games remaining.

Harris stated his delight at the club's fate still being in its own hands, as well as praising the 600+ fans that made the long trip north.

"Two games to go, we're on the 70-point mark and it's in our own hands. I'm sure there will be twists and turns, but all we've got to do is focus on the next game and make sure we produce the same quality as we've had today, but be ruthless in front of goal, too.

"Our fans were outstanding today - they really got behind the team. They'll be disappointed, with having such a long journey back, but they would've enjoyed watching their team. 

"We played on the front foot - we were aggressive. It was like a home performance. It's just disappointing for all of us that we didn't get the one or three points that we deserved."

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