Reaction: Neil Harris reveals he has always been a big admirer of match-winner Mendez-Laing

Neil Harris in the dugout at Milwall. Image: BillyBatty
Neil Harris in the dugout at Milwall. Image: BillyBatty

by Jamil Salih

NEIL Harris revealed he tried to sign Nathaniel Mendez-Laing while at Millwall after the forward fired Cardiff to their first away win of the season.

Mendez-Laing’s strike from distance proved to be enough to hand Neil Harris’ Bluebirds their first victory on their travels this season.

Speaking post-match, the Cardiff boss said: “I tried to sign him in the past as a manager. So when I came in, he was one of the players I was really looking forward to working with.”

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“I was looking forward to working with the entire group. But he was a player I wanted before and he showed why here,” he added.

Harris was also full of praise for his side as they picked up back-to-back wins for the first time since February.

“It was a great three points. We’ve come to a team that had only lost three games all season before today – and recorded our first away win of the campaign.

“I’m really proud of the players. We’ve had to dig in at times but I don’t remember our goalie having to make too many saves, or them having any real clear cut chances in the 18-yard box.”

“The players have been excellent and really bought into my organisation and structure.

“We had 23/24 shots last week at Charlton. Not so many in mid-week during what was a very typical Tuesday night Championship game. Today against a team flying high we needed to have moments of quality – and Nathaniel provided that for us.

“I thought we were really solid and reliable today.”

The Bluebirds return to Championship action on Saturday 7 November. They return to the Cardiff City Stadium to host bottom of the table Barnsley.