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Millwall boss "satisfied" with Bradford City draw

21 January 2017

Harris happy with Bantams point

Neil Harris was "satisfied and happy" with a point in Millwall's 1-1 draw at Bradford City on Saturday afternoon, but was disappointed not to see the game out after taking the lead.

Lee Gregory scored his 11th goal of the campaign in the 50th minute to edge The Lions in front, but James Meredith leveled proceedings just ten minutes later to earn a share of the spoils.

The result leaves Millwall ninth in Sky Bet League One, five points off of the play-off places.

"We got our noses in front, so I'm a little disappointed we didn't see the game out," Harris said. 

"But, it's a tough place to come. I think if we were a little more clinical in the first-half, we would've gone in front at half-time, but on reflection, we'll be satisfied and happy with a point."

In the first change in seven matches to the starting XI, Reading loanee Jake Cooper made his debut for The Lions after signing on Thursday.

The manager praised the 6'7" defender, whilst also giving an update on Shaun Hutchinson, who missed the game through injury.

"I thought [Jake] was outstanding - he was excellent. Jake and Byron looked a good combination. He won his headers and you can see that he's played a lot of Championship football with the way he dealt with movement around the box.

"When you're that tall, you're going to be a threat at set-pieces. He's disappointed he hasn't scored as he has hit the underside of the bar.

"At numerous times, we got into good areas, but didn't quite use the ball well enough. We made good decisions, but the final pass was just out. I thought the two centre-halves were outstanding in both boxes.

"Last week against Charlton, Shaun had a tight calf. He trained on Tuesday and got through, but was in discomfort on Thursday. We sent him for a scan and discovered that he has a slight tear in his calf - only a minor one, but too much of a risk to play him today. We're looking at a couple of weeks, give or take a few days." 

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