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Harris praises goalscorer Elliott in Stevenage victory

Read what the manager has to say following Carabao Cup victory...

8 August 2017

Millwall boss Neil Harris was pleased with his team's second-half play as The Lions advanced to Round Two of the Carabao Cup with a 2-0 victory over Stevenage at The Den on Tuesday night.

Tom Elliott's double secured the club's passage into the next round and despite a lacklusture first-half performance from the home side, Harris revealed that he didn't become angry with his players in the dressing room at the break.

"There was no ranting or raving at half-time," he said. "We just didn't play with too much freedom in the first-half. We were too rigid. We didn't take care of the ball at key moments. We gave it away far too easy.

"We were far too predictable in our play. Stevenage were excellent in the first-half, though. They pressed us really well and were aggressive. They worked really hard. 

"I told the players to trust themselves on the ball and to trust their team-mates on the ball. Play with a bit more freedom. In the second-half - but not for all of it - we were really good."

The manager also reserved adulation for Elliott, who single-handedly fired The Lions into Round Two.

"If you're going to play with a Tom Elliott or a Steve Morison in the team, you've got to serve your strikers. They were two great deliveries for Tom's goals - Fred has the ability to do that when he plays in wide areas and Shane, as always, puts in a good cross.

"Tom's got the ability at the back post with his size, aggression and power to score goals like that."

Harris also confirmed that Jake Cooper rolled his ankle in the first-half and would be monitored ahead of Saturday's visit of Bolton Wanderers.


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