BY RICHARD CAWLEY
Neil Harris was happy with Millwall’s opening outing of their pre-season programme – but felt they could have been even more emphatic winners against Dartford.
The Lions were 5-0 ahead at half-time thanks to a brace from Jed Wallace and goals from Aiden O’Brien, Steve Morison, Mahlon Romeo and Aiden O’Brien on target.
Harris completely changed the 11 players on the pitch at the start of the second half but they were unable to add to their haul.
He said: “Presuming we got through the 90 minutes with no injuries, it has been a good day.
“The boys have worked really hard for two weeks, so to get 45 minutes under their belt in a competitive game is good for them.
“It’s good for us to see some patterns on the ball that we have worked on this week come to fruition, especially in the first half.
“The second-half team it was very hard for them to get going because of the heat, they had been sitting around for two hours before getting on the pitch.
“We were a lot more fluent in the first half. Credit to Dartford, they caused us problems both halves.
“There were some really good goals. The pace on the counter-attack attack, the quality we showed – the movement was outstanding.
“At times we made it very difficult for Dartford and that was down to the players’ intelligence – picking the right pass and then end product as well. We could have had a couple more in the first half if we’d just been a bit more clinical around the box.
“The second half we lacked a little more creativity.
“It was a nice confidence boost for a lot of the lads, they have not played a game in eight or nine weeks now. It is good for them to get back on the pitch and get moving.
“They come into this game with some fatigue, we work them extremely hard. Every day they have been in working.”
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