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Harris reviews Brentford and discusses Monday's Villa visit

Manager assesses draw at The Den and looks ahead to Monday

19 April 2019

Neil Harris describes Friday afternoon's 1-1 draw with Brentford at The Den as a "fair result", and discusses Millwall's frustrations against the 10-man side.

Lee Gregory gave The Lions an early lead in SE16, before Josh Dasilva's leveller, followed by Henrik Dalsgaard's dismissal late in the half.

The draw means Harris' side will pay very close attention to later Sky Bet Championship results.

"I don't think we deserved to win the game - the draw was probably a fair result in the end," Harris says.

"Brentford were always a danger on the counter-attack, and I was fearful of their ability to create chances in and around the box. Their goal, first of all - there's nothing we can do to stop the ball going into the top corner, but there is something we can do about closing the space down.

"What I will say about the lads is that they kept going, and we had bags of energy and hunger to create chances and look for the win, but we weren't good enough 1v1, and were perhaps better 11v11 than 11v10."

The boss elaborates on both the pros and cons of the scoreline, and explains some of his tactical decisions throughout the afternoon.

"I've told the players straight that we're better than that. We have been better than that, and these aren't the standards we've been setting. I think the edginess around the stadium translated onto the pitch at times, and it's the players' responsibility not to let that happen.

"The positive side is that it's another point gained and another game unbeaten here. It was a brilliant start to the game, and I'm really pleased for Gregs [Lee Gregory] because he works so hard in the system we've been playing.

"Drawing at home against 10 men meant we wanted to bring on another front man to be a handful, and we knew we'd get plenty of balls in the box. We wanted Fergie's quality at left-back in the second half, and those quality wide players gave us opportunities."

Harris finally previews a huge contest at Aston Villa on Easter Monday - a clash his players will train all weekend in preparation for.

"We can certainly look forward to Villa Park on Monday - a place where we were excellent last year - so we're excited for that challenge.

"We don't know how good the point will be until the end of the season. All we can control is what we do on the pitch, and we did that to a certain aspect here.

"It wasn't the outcome we were looking for, but as we've said before, it won't be plain sailing between now and the end of the season. We have to attack the next game - the boys are in all weekend ready to prepare for Monday - and we'll be ready for it. We'll have to see how the players are who came off, Ben [Thompson] and James [Meredith]. As ever, there will be knocks and strains, but we'll be checking on players and we'll make sure that the team out there on Monday will be ready to face an in-form Villa side."


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