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Harris hails "fantastic" Derby point

The manager's assessment of Rams clash...

30 January 2018

Millwall boss Neil Harris felt his side had the better chances in Tuesday night's 0-0 Sky Bet Championship with Derby County at The Den, but confessed his delight at the point.

The two sides fought out a stalemate in south London in a game of few clear-cut chances. Ikechi Anya had a goal ruled out for the visitors, but The Lions could rightly feel angered to have not be given a penalty-kick after Curtis Davies kicked Lee Gregory in the head.

There were also late shouts for handball after Shaun Hutchinson's shot was blocked.

"Derby are a good team," said Harris. "The reason they're a good team is due to their experience and their decision-making - they make decisions really well. 

"That's a fantastic point for us. They might have had a bit more quality than us on the pitch, but we created the better chances. It's hard to tell whether there was a handball on the line - my players say it was - but you cannot tell from the replays I've seen.

"Before that, the goalkeeper makes a fantastic save from Jed, Tom Elliott should score and in the first-half, the referee should give us a penalty-kick. The player has gone for the ball, but we talk about dangerous play in the modern game - if my player having six stitches at half-time caused by a stud in the head isn't dangerous, intentionally or not, then I don't know what is.

"That was a big moment in the game, however, I don't want to focus on that. I want to focus on a solid clean sheet for us. I thought Shaun Hutchinson was outstanding in the back-line, whilst Fred Onyedinma gave us a real spark when he came on."

Millwall have now kept 10 clean sheets in The Championship this season - an "important part" of The Lions' game, the boss admitted.

"It's a good effort by the players and they'll be the first to admit they want more. We didn't have a target this season with regards to clean sheets, but we if could've picked a number, it would've been up there with one in three. If you keep a clean sheet, you're not going to lose the game. It's self-explanatory, but it's an important part of our game. 

"We missed Steve Morison and Aiden O'Brien tonight and with Tim Cahill not yet fit, we have attacking options to come back. Tonight, we didn't have as many chances as I would've liked, but we still created."


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