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Harris "really pleased" with players in Cardiff point

The manager's take on Friday night's encounter...

9 February 2018

Millwall boss Neil Harris was pleased with an "excellent" point in Friday night's 1-1 Sky Bet Championship draw with Cardiff City at The Den.

Junior Hoilett gave The Bluebirds an early lead in south London, but Lee Gregory equalised shortly before half-time to secure a point.

Both teams had second-half chances to win the game.

"I thought we started poorly and gave a poor goal away - from a great strike - and Cardiff were better than us in the last 10-15 minutes. They managed the game better than we did," said Harris.

"But, in between that, we were excellent. The 20-25 minutes leading up to half-time was top draw from a Millwall side at The Den. Cardiff were hanging on at half-time.

"I'm really pleased with my players. It's an excellent point against another top team vying for a Premier League place that have come to The Den and struggled. The headlines will be about the goal that was disallowed, but in the half-hour leading up to half-time, we had chances ourselves."

The manager also praised the debut of Ben Marshall and the striking duo of goalscorer Gregory and Steve Morison.

"I thought Marsh was excellent. He showed real quality. The crowd tonight showed their appreciation for what a good player he is. I only took him off because he was still going at full pelt and I was concerned he might gain an injury due to his lack of football recently. He grew into the game and got better as it went on.

"Moro and Gregs were a handful all evening and gave their defence problems. Steve was unlucky not to score when he hit the crossbar, whilst Lee deserved his goal. I just felt right at the end that Cardiff were on top and that we needed to manage the game better, and Tim with his experience gives us that."

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