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Harris tells of "proud but disappointed" dressing room following Bristol City draw

The manager reviews Saturday's goalless draw at Ashton Gate...

19 August 2017

Millwall boss Neil Harris stated that victories in the Sky Bet Championship will come providing The Lions' levels of effort are kept up.

Substitute Tom Elliott struck the woodwork in Saturday afternoon's 0-0 draw at Ashton Gate against Bristol City, with the visitors also forcing 16 corner-kicks in a game that they dominated large parts of.

Despite four excellent performances, however, The Lions have just two points from 12 to show for it.

Harris, though, was pleased with an "excellent" performance in the West Country.

"We knew had to be on the front foot and ready for the challenge from the beginning," he said. "I thought the performance today from my players was excellent. The team delivered the gameplan to stop Bristol City's strength of passing the ball between the lines. 

"Ultimately, I've got a dressing room that's really proud of the performance, but disappointed they didn't get the three points."

"I thought we got stronger as the game went on. The subs made an impact, too. Barring a great save by the goalkeeper and hitting the woodwork, we'd be coming away with the three points."

Tuesday night's Carabao Cup Second Round tie at Reading will provide brief respite from The Championship, but The Lions will be thrust back into the limelight next Saturday at home to Norwich City.

"The wins will come," was the view of Harris after watching his side almost right the wrongs of the midweek defeat to Ipswich Town at The Den.

"It wasn't our best display of the season - that was at Forest - but we played very well on Tuesday night despite losing to Ipswich. However, we learnt some harsh lessons about Championship football. But, we managed the game very well today and were just missing that end product.

"I've said to my players that it won't be like this all season if we keep this up. We've been excellent so far - the wins will come."


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