Date: 31st August 2016 at 6:48pm
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Millwall played hosts to West Bromwich Albion’s Under 23 side in the newly branded and changed EFL Trophy last night.

Goals from Jimmy Abdou and Steve Morison at The Den gave us all three points from the opening Group H fixture, and whilst Harris was impressed with the youngsters on display for the visitors, he was pleased to see our nous and experience shine through on the night.

Speaking to the official site in his post game press conference, Harris explained.

‘First and foremost I thought West Brom were a credit to their football club. I think they’ve got two very proud coaches tonight. I thought their shape, determination, desire and work rate was first class in the first-half. We were a little bit slow in moving the ball, a bit safe in possession at times, which comes when you’ve got effectively three debuts out there. I asked them at half-time to be a little more aggressive in their decision making and to move the ball quicker. I think fitness and substitutes, certainly, made a difference. There was probably just a little more quality in the end.’

With Harris taking the opportunity to hand senior full debuts to both Kris Twardek and Noah Chesmain in the game, he was obviously delighted with their performances and contribution on the evening.

‘I was pleased with Twards. He’s a winger who is going to be in the game and out the game, and who will give the ball away then put a great cross in the box, go past two and then tread on it. That’s what most wide players do. I thought Noah was exceptional. He showed his quality tonight and glimpses to the fan base of what he is all about. He’s a tough-tackling full-back that can get forward and he has got real quality in the final third.’

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