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Harris states positive transfer news despite Colchester defeat

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24 July 2018

Millwall boss Neil Harris is hopeful of adding a new player to his squad soon.

Speaking after Tuesday night's 2-1 pre-season friendly defeat at Colchester United, the manager told millwallfc.co.uk that deals are ongoing for attacking players.

"We've had a positive day," he said. "We're looking at bringing two attacking players in. We need options, different types of players and characters. As ever, they'll need to come in and be Millwall-type players - certainly more so than I saw in the first-half tonight.

"Nothing can be announced yet - as we know, as we get closer there are so many hitches that can come along."

Goals from Sammie Szmodics and Kane Vincent-Young were enough to give The U's victory in Essex despite Jed Wallace's late consolation - and the boss aired his thoughts post-match.

"We got into some really bad habits and gave away a couple of poor goals. Decision making without the ball was really poor. It's certainly good to get that out of the way tonight rather than in a League game.

"We don't prepare for the games in a sense of analysing the position and worrying too much about what you do on the pitch, its more about the minutes. Although it's fine getting the minutes, you've got to expect a performance on the pitch as well. Tonight I didn't get that.

"Whether it's pre-season, during the season or in a Cup game, whether I make 11 changes to the team or not, it becomes irrelevant - it's about individuals collectively perfoming for this football club. It was a good wake-up call for us, I don't expect to see that first-half performance again. There was so much wrong with it I could talk all night about it.

"We've come through with no injuries, so I look at the positive side of that - we were slightly better in the second-half, but when we go to play Middlesbrough and Derby, we'll have to perform better than that."


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