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Harris delighted to equal club record at Oakwell

The manager's take on Tykes tie...

17 March 2018

"Everyone is in it together" - that's the view of Millwall boss Neil Harris after The Lions equalled a club record of consecutive Sky Bet Championship away wins with a 2-0 success at Barnsley on Saturday afternoon.

Goals from Lee Gregory and Ben Marshall earned the club their sixth away League win on the spin, a feat that matches the record set in 2008/9, when Kenny Jackett's side defeated Cheltenham Town, Southend United, Huddersfield Town, MK Dons, Hartlepool United and Crewe Alexandra on the road.

Harris felt his side were poor in the second-half of their victory in Yorkshire, but also expressed his pleasure at The Lions being able to "see the game out comfortably" following the second goal.

"Any three points at this level is a good achievement," he said, "If you look at Barnsley, and I've enjoyed watching them in the lead-up to this game, they have a distinctive style and a lot of attacking players.

"We found another way to win the game. I thought we dominated large spells and got our noses in front. We lacked a little bit of quality in the final third, but then capitalised on a mistake and showed good composure to score the first goal.

"I never really felt in danger for the rest of the first-half. In the second-half, by our standards, we were poor. We gave Barnsley a leg up to try and get back in the game, but we then scored at a key time. Ben Marshall's goal was an outstanding one and it gave us that little bit of a cushion to be able to see the game out comfortably."

Speaking on the achievement of equalling the record, the manager stated that Millwall's mentality was a key factor behind it, plus reserving praise for goalkeeper Jordan Archer, who earned his 15th clean sheet of the campaign with a string of fine saves.

"It's not easy to do at any level and it's not easy for Millwall to do in The Championship. It's testament to my players, not just in the team but in the squad as well and it's about their mentality.

"There's been games recently where we've not been that great and not had the ability to go through games dominating for the 90 minutes, so we have to find another way to win. Whether that's out-scoring the opposition like we did at Leeds or whether it's against Brentford last week or today, where we've had our backs to the wall a little bit, I'm delighted for the club to have equalled that record.

"It's not just the record, it's the clean sheets - 15 now this season. Barnsley threw caution to the wind in the last half-hour, but Jordan has made some very good saves and we've cleared one off the line, too. It's a sign of where we are as a club at the moment - everyone is in it together. The spirit in the camp is outstanding, I've got great leadership in the dressing room and I've got some top young players in there, too."

"We've got Nottingham Forest and Ipswich to come after the break - what a massive weekend for our football club."

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