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Harris pleased with defensive unit in Birmingham win

The manager's take on Blues encounter...

17 February 2018

Millwall boss Neil Harris was delighted with a third consecutive Sky Bet Championship win on the road as his side won 1-0 at St Andrew's against Birmingham City on Saturday afternoon.

Fred Onyedinma stepped off the bench to fire home a late winner and stretch Millwall's unbeaten run in the League to six matches.

Harris revealed that he was pleased with his team's "dominant" second-half performance.

"I said to the players at half-time that it's not about coaching or tactics, it's about them being more of a Millwall team in the second-half," he said.

"Birmingham competed really well against us in the first-half, winning a lot of first and second balls and kept our front pair relatively quiet.

"In the second-half, I thought we were much better, much more like ourselves and dominated large periods of the game. We got our noses in front and then could have had two or three more after that.

"We defended really well as a unit today and got the goal that mattered. I'm really pleased with the clean sheet and three consecutive wins on the road from a team that couldn't win away in the first half of the season - that's not bad."

The manager also reserved praise for goalscorer Onyedinma after his second goal of the campaign - and first in the League - handed Millwall all three points.

"Fred is a sprinter - an athlete. He is very up and down in his performances because of his age and the way he plays, but when he comes off the bench with 20-25 minutes to go, that's the impact I have to demand as a manager.

"He changed the outcome of the game. In front of their fans, Birmingham could have started to build momentum late on, but we took the game away from them."

After failing to win on the road in the first half of 2017/18, The Lions are now picking up long overdue points away from The Den - but there has been no change in approach, according to the boss.

"Nothing has changed [in our approach]. We were brilliant at Bristol City, brilliant at Aston Villa and dominated at Fulham, but had nothing to show for it. At Nottingham Forest in the first game of the season, the referee might have stopped the game had we converted all the chances we had in the first-half. We could have had many more points.

"All we've done now is our attacking players have found their form and we're getting stronger as the season goes on. We recruited well in January and we have players chomping at the bit to play."


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