Millwall boss Neil Harris on QPR derby and why his side will keep on improving

BY ALEX GRACE

Neil Harris could see positives in his Millwall team despite Saturday’s 2-0 defeat against Blackburn Rovers.

Tony Mowbray’s side handed Millwall their second Championship defeat of the season, meaning they are without a win since beating Sheffield Wednesday on August 17.

“I want to get points,” said Harris. “Coming to Blackburn to lose 2-0 is disappointing, but we’re playing a very good team.

“If you read the manager’s programme notes, he’s talking about a top-six side. We are a new group developing and we’ve had a real strong start, obviously performances need to keep on improving but we are playing at a good level.

“I see a lot of positives in my team, but there are some players still finding their feet and it takes time.

“It’s a tough league and we will keep trying to improve our players.”

One of those new players is goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski and the on-loan Ipswich Town goalkeeper made a number of important saves to deny Blackburn.

“He’s a good goalkeeper, that’s why I was desperate to sign him all summer,” said Harris. “He was a little bit too busy for my liking in the second half – but goalkeepers are paid to make saves and he made some good saves.”

Millwall face QPR at The Den on Saturday.

The Lions are unbeaten at home – winning two and drawing one of their three games.

Harris said: “QPR at The Den is usually a very good atmosphere.

“We’ve done well at The Den. We’ve got seven points but should have nine, so we look forward to that.”

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6 thoughts on “Millwall boss Neil Harris on QPR derby and why his side will keep on improving

  • 16th September 2019 at 8:40 am
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    We all hope for better results – so the manager should start by picking a better team.
    Leonard adds no value at all / making Pearce club captain was a major mistake – so now probably one of our best defenders Hutchinson gets ignored (Pearce is not the answer – there is more to good defending than shouting at people) The manager praises our aerial threat – and then leaves out Smith.
    Team selection is our biggest problem

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    • 16th September 2019 at 10:32 am
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      Harris is not experience enough at this level and that’s the bottom line

      He’s good at talking himself into things and good at talking he’s way out of it.

      He’s still experimenting this team which is understandable but there’s no consistency,we’re be lucky to stay In this division.

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      • 16th September 2019 at 8:23 pm
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        Longest serving manager in the Championship and he is not experienced enough?????!!!!!

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    • 16th September 2019 at 5:20 pm
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      Harris is too defensive minded and worries too much about defending than being creative and getting goals.
      I am seriously worried about his ability to change games and when we are away from home sitting deep and ceding possession so that teams can attack us. Too negative and ruining players like Mahoney and now even Ben is not performing as well as before. Harris tactics and how the team is set up and coached is not bringing out the best in the team.

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    • 17th September 2019 at 3:22 pm
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      Playing 1 up front against a poor Blackburn team is a joke ,and hoping for a draw is just a joke when we should be going for a win .i think Harris going to get found out why did he not change it when it clearly did not work and just making excuses about a pen I agree about hutchinson he should be in the defence we have to start picking up wins away .Leonard is a decent player my view anyway he playing to what Harris tells him to do .Harris nerds to buck his ideas up pretty soon .

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  • 16th September 2019 at 5:23 pm
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    Pick an attacking team when away and were pick up points best form of defence is attack. When in the other teams half their not in our half attacking us not rocket science.

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