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Harris praises "excellent" Millwall in Rams victory

Read from the boss after Lions defeat Derby...

18 August 2018

Millwall boss Neil Harris praised his substitutes in playing "a huge part" in The Lions' 2-1 Sky Bet Championship win over Derby County on Saturday afternoon.

Jake Cooper and Shaun Williams were on target as Millwall gained their first League win of the season in a game that seemed comfortable until David Nugent reduced the arrears in the 73rd minute.

From there, a carbon copy of the opening day draw with Middlesbrough loomed, but the introduction of Ryan Tunnicliffe and Shane Ferguson in the dying embers of the game saw The Lions home.

The boss told millwallfc.co.uk that whilst his side gained victory, they have "no divine right" to, regardless of the opposition.

"I think the majority of the ground was thinking 'here we go again!' [when Derby scored]. I've just said to the players that what we have to remember is we've got no divine right to win football matches, whether we're playing top of the League or bottom of the League.

"You have to earn the right to win. It doesn't matter whether you score in the first minute or the last minute, three points is three points.

"In the end our game management was much better. I think Frank will be a little disappointed with the goals they conceded, but for the first half we were excellent.

"We were excellent against a good team that passed the ball well. In the second-half Derby showed their class with their players and made it really difficult for us. The subs at the end came on and played a huge part in us getting three points, because we had some tired legs at the end."


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