Not feeling nervous in the dying moments of Millwall’s 1-0 win over Preston shows how far they’ve come says Neil Harris.

The revamped Lions squad overcome Alex Neil’s men after Jed Wallace’s first half strike gave them a lead they never looked like surrendering.

Giving four competitive debuts to his summer signings, Harris admitted there’s a ‘different feel’ around the club following the disappointment of the last campaign.

“Nervy? I didn’t think so!” a cool Harris said.

“Nervy maybe because it was 1-0, but I didn’t feel nervous stood on the side line.

“I thought we were in complete control.

“Can’t remember by goalkeeper making a save.

“They never really caused us a problem, a few shots from distance, but we looked comfortable.

“Opening game, quality goal, doesn’t get any better.”

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Frank Fielding, Conor Mahoney, Matt Smith, Bartosz Bialkowksi all made their Den bows in an atmosphere that was polar opposite to the energy surrounding the ground at the back end of last season when the club narrowly avoided relegation.

“We finished last season with relief in the end,” Harris continued.

“But there was a different feel today, with a different group of lads.

“What was special was that the group that we are building got to play and witness the atmosphere, because that was phenomenal, it surprised me.

“Over the course of the summer the excitement has grown because of the quality of the acquisitions to the group, and today the fans turned up because they’re excited again.

“When your 1-0 up with twenty minutes to go and you can look at the bench and bring on Tom Bradshaw and Ryan Leonard, who we paid over million for it shows how far we’ve come.

“Dadi Bodvarsson, Jiri Skalak who’s been incredible over pre-season, Shane Ferguson who was class last season, (Shaun) Hutchinson who’s back at his best now.

“It was great and I’m delighted for the fans to get the points.”


Report: Millwall 1 Preston 0