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Harris lauds squad after Cup success at The Hawthorns

The boss gives a glowing assessment of his players

13 August 2019

Neil Harris has credited the players who made their first starts of the season on Tuesday evening as Millwall recovered from behind to take a 2-1 Carabao Cup First Round win home from West Bromwich Albion.

The Lions will travel to Oxford United in a fortnight's time after victory in the second of two quckfire visits to The Hawthorns, and the boss is in high spirits about his squad.

"I'm really pleased - the boys who came in were outstanding," Harris told millwallfc.co.uk.

"They took their opportunities to come in and impress. I picked a team tonight that was a little bit more attack-minded to play a bit more on the front foot in a Cup game, and we wanted some more end product than at the weekend.

"Obviously I'm disappointed with the goal with the deflection in front of Luke and the ricochet off the bar, but the reaction of the team was excellent. West Brom were better than us for about the first 15-20 minutes while we were finding our feet, but then we deservedly got ourselves level, and after a positive talk at half-time we then found the second goal, and saw the game out without too many difficulties."

Harris gives notable mentions to Jiri Skalak and to Tom Bradshaw - who netted his first goal for the club after a lengthy period out on the sidelines.

"We adjusted things after the start to the game, and we then looked more solid as we did at the weekend. There were some fantastic individual performances, and I must give a huge mention to Tom Bradshaw for his first goal for the club.

"And not just that - he's had a standing ovation in the dressing room from the staff and the players because of what he's battled back from. He showed some real quality tonight and he will score goals for us. We still have to be careful with him, he played 75 minutes tonight and 75 at the weekend.

"A special mention also has to go to Jiri Skalak - with no disrespect, we're seeing the real Jiri now. He's worked so hard over the summer and has since shown his class as a player - he's had to come back from a disappointing start with us. He has shown his qualities in what he can offer the team. Along with those boys, Jason McCarthy had a good debut and Jon Dadi Bodvarsson made his first start. Jon Dadi is a bit rusty at the moment, but we have to remember he is three-and-a-half weeks behind everyone else."

The manager further discusses the potential of his forward options, along with lauding the display of young midfield debutant Jayson Molumby and highlighting his excitement for the football the squad will be involved in through the campaign.

"Bradders' comeback is huge for he and the fanbase, and for his teammates as well. Every day in training he shows he is a goalscorer. He's similar to Aiden really, in that he seems to be in the right place at the right time. It's really pleasing that we have players sniffing about in and around the penalty area. We're looking a real threat going forward with the players we have, and as defensive-minded and solid as we've been, we're creating chances and scoring goals."

"Jayson was outstanding. I think he showed the fans tonight his qualities and what a good player he's going to be in the future and for us as well while we have him. A big thank you must go the fans for travelling up here again tonight, too.

"He got 60 minutes tonight - he'll have wanted to stay on - but we have to be mindful of him as he had an excellent summer in Toulon and then recovered from an injury. He's frustrated in his excitement of wanting to play, and we do have to calm that for him, but that's another game we have now against Oxford - a hell of a lot of football left to play. We have a 20-man squad, plus maybe Tom Elliott and James Brown when fit, and the squad will be used and are in a good place." 


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