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Contrasting emotions for Lions boss in topsy-turvy Leeds win

The manager's take on a breathtaking encounter...

20 January 2018

Millwall boss Neil Harris was delighted with Millwall's 4-3 Sky Bet Championship victory over Leeds United at Elland Road on Saturday afternoon, but bemoaned his side's temporary collapse at the beginning of the second-half.

Goals from Aiden O'Brien and Lee Gregory ensured The Lions went in 2-0 up at half-time after a dominant first-half, but a Pierre-Michel Lasogga double, coupled with Kemar Roofe's strike, put Leeds on top.

However, Millwall showed their never-say-die attitude as Tom Elliott and Jed Wallace scored late on to claim a priceless victory - their first on the road on 2017/18.

"I have contrasting emotions, I have to be honest," said Harris. "I thought my team in the first-half - at 11v10 and 11v11 - were outstanding. Jordan Archer made a fine save early on to make sure we were in the game and then we could've gone on to score six or seven.

"At half-time and 2-0 up, I said to the boys to not step off - if they had come in at 6-0, it wouldn't have been a disgrace. At a place like Elland Road, it's all about character. Any momentum that Leeds get, they're going to feed off it.

"Fair play to Leeds, that was some hell of a performance by them to get on top. But there's no way we should be in that position. I'm delighted with the final outcome, but there's certainly a lot of learning for us to take from that."

The manager went on to explain how The Whites "didn't have the answers" to Millwall's attacking play.

"Some of our attacking play was excellent. We've been that good at times on the road this season. The link-up play and the agressiveness were outstanding at times. We played through them and went direct - Leeds didn't have the answers. 

"I left my players with ringing ears, but my final words were well done, because that's three points gained today."

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