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Harris praises defence in PNE stalemate

The manager's take on Deepdale draw...

23 September 2017

Neil Harris bemoaned "disappointing" attacking play in Millwall's goalless draw with Preston North End at Deepdale on Saturday afternoon, but praised his defenders, who kept their fourth clean sheet of the campaign.

Chances were few and far between in Lancashire, but The Lions held on to take a point - and could have won it themselves in the final moments.

"I was a bit disappointed with our attacking play," said Harris. "We got into some good areas, but couldn't use the ball wisely enough. But, defensively, we stood strong and got something out of the game.

"We came up against a Preston side that had been scoring goals for fun. They've got a boy up front [Hugill] who is being looked at for his performances, but my defence dealt with him well. We nullified the threat and the defence were ably supported by the rest of the team.

"I was pleased with all the young men and the performance. This is not an easy place to come. If you haven't got the quality on the day to win the game, then your defence comes into play - they did well."

The manager withdrew Fred Onyedinma shortly into the second-half, and the boss explained that the substitution was made to "mix it up" regarding Millwall's attacking play.

"I made the change because we weren't looking strong enough going forward. I wanted to mix it up. With Jed, Aiden and Fred, we've got the bodies and the ability to change it up and effect the game in different ways."

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