‘Fantastic defender and excellent one-v-one’ – Millwall defender earns praise from Neil Harris

Danny McNamara’s performances at left-back for Millwall have earned praise from head coach Neil Harris.

The 25-year-old from Sidcup has made 32 appearances in the current campaign.

McNamara has been asked to feature away from his natural right-sided defensive role on more than one occasion this season – including the three most recent matches.

The Lions academy graduate has retained his starting spot despite Joe Bryan returning to the matchday squad for Saturday’s 3-1 win over Cardiff.

“It’s not always easy for full-backs to play on the opposite side,” Harris told the South London Press.

“The position is the position – same for wide players. You know what your role is. It is easier to play defensively and attacking-wise on those sides. It becomes more rigid in possession – you spend a lot more time on your so-called weaker side.

“Danny has had to adapt his game to that and we’ve tried to help him with his positional play, receiving the ball.

“But ultimately Danny’s biggest attribute is that he is a fantastic defender and excellent one-v-one, plus a real winner team player with really fantastic Millwall attributes.

“He has coped admirably with doing it and thrived in the battle to play on that side of the pitch. Danny has been part of clean sheets and wins. When asked to play slightly out of position there are no qualms or complaints. He is just a determined man who wants to be part of the team.”

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