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The manager's take on Sheffield United victory

Harris reviews Blades victory...

2 December 2017

Millwall boss Neil Harris believed his side's second goal in Saturday afternoon's 3-1 Sky Bet Championship victory over Sheffield United "epitomised" what the club is about.

Lee Gregory opened the scoring with his third goal of the season in the 14th minute, but David Brooks equalised for The Blades just before half-time.

However, The Lions nosed themselves in front through Mahlon Romeo, before Jake Cooper added the gloss with a crashing header late on.

"I thought we were excellent leading up to the first goal and it was a great counter-attacking goal," said Harris. "But, for whatever reason, we stepped off a little bit. We didn't press high enough and and we let Sheffield United dictate the tempo of the game.

"They showed exactly why they're in top three of that division in the 20 minutes leading up to half-time. Quite rightly so, they got back on to level terms."

The manager went on to explain how a change of shape benefitted his side in the second half.

"At half-time, my staff and I had a conundrum - do we leave it as it is, or do we change it. We made a brave decision and changed to a 3-5-2 to match up with them and I thought the players were outstanding. They're never going to let me down on effort and determination, plus the desire to play for this club. They're never going to shirk a challenge.

"Today, there was moments of quality as well. If we're going to epitomise what this club is about, then that second goal does it in one go. Lee Gregory tracking back, the challenge, the aggressiveness in the tackle, the pass, the run from Mahlon and the quality of finish from a player that has had to wait 18 or 19 games for his chance - that epitomises my squad."

Harris also praised Gregory for his contribution to the success.

"I thought Lee was excellent. His play was up there with how he has performed in the last nine or 10 games. But, today, he had the goal. He deserved that. He has had everything you want, bar the end product. Today, to get the goal - I was delighted for him.

"I took him off because he was ill. He was sick before the game and sick at half-time. He wanted to play, because it was against his hometown club and he got his reward."


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