Date: 27th July 2016 at 7:04am
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Manager Neil Harris has spoken of his delight at seeing the second half performance and the response the Millwall players put in on Saturday against Crawley Town.

With Millwall going into the half time break two one down to the League Two side, the gaffer confirmed that words had been had with the players at the break, so he had to be ‘delighted’ with the way they responded in the second period.

With Lee Gregory opening the scoring before they hit back twice, Shaun Williams had us level in the second period and Steve Morison popped up late to score the third in the three two victory and keep the 100% pre season record going.


Archer (Forde 46), Romeo, Craig, Webster, Hutchinson, Abdou, Williams (Thompson 71) Wylde (Ferguson 60), Gregory (Onyedinma 71), Morison, O’Brien (Worrall 71).

Subs not used:

Nelson, Twardek.

Scorers: Gregory (16), Williams (67), Morison (86).

Ref: T. Robinson.
Att 1,278 (away 489).

Speaking to the official site following the game, Harris explained.

‘I had a few words at half-time; I didn’t lose my temper but I was quite strong with my words. I thought that some of our decision-making in the first-half was very pre-season like. There were no excuses, yes it was hot and sticky out on the pitch but I thought some of the senior players’ decision-making in that first 45 minutes was very poor. I let them know and they held their hands up; they are very honest. I said that we should get back to our good habits again, that we didn’t quite press the ball hard enough and we were sitting off, but there was never a problem until we made the errors leading up to the goals.’

He went on to say.

‘I told the players that in the second-half I wanted us to squeeze up the park and move the ball around a bit more and I thought we were outstanding. I remember one of their players having a shot that Fordey saved, but other than that they didn’t really get near our penalty box, let alone our goal, so I am delighted with that and with our reaction. This was a really good work-out for us.’

A younger Millwall side faced off against Dover Athletic yesterday evening, and a couple of familiar names got a run out, but importantly so did Shane Ferguson who made his first pre season start since returning from Northern Ireland international duty and his extended break.

Millwall lost two nil at the Crabble Athletic ground and ahead of the game Harris had said it would be a good test for the group selected and presumably that certainly came true.

Dover Athletic:

Walker (Arnold 46), Magri (Fazakerly 84), Thomas (Sterling 84), Kinnear (Raggett 76), Grimes, Orlu, Modeste (Pinnock 79), Stevenson, Miller (Jackson jnr 88), Parkinson, Marsh (Chiedoze 76).

Subs not used:

Howlett-Mundle, Muleba, A.Paxman, J.Paxman.

Scorers: Miller (61mins), Grimes (81mins)


King, Brown, Nelson (Bray 82), Rooney, Ferguson (Chesmain 65), Twardek, Donovan, Farrell, Wylde (McNamara 76), Philpot (Smith 62), Onyedinma (Pavey 62).

Subs not used:


Ref: L.Venamore.
Att: 866.

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