Harris | Today was a huge step forward

Neil Harris spoke at the Valley after his Cardiff City side fought back to secure his opening point as the Bluebirds’ boss.

Having been two goals behind, second-half strikes from Nathaniel Mendez-Laing and Lee Tomlin sealed the comeback in a frenetic clash with the Addicks.

Following the final whistle, Harris explained how pleased he was with his men’s battling spirit.

“Today was a huge step forward, with the mentality of the group and togetherness that we showed,” he said.

“We take that momentum into the next game and try and win on Tuesday night. On the whole, I’d say today was a real positive.

Lee Tomlin celebrates scoring City's equaliser at the Valley

“To be two-nil down at half time, the group was a little bit deflated. We got done twice on the counter-attack, so the mentality has to be better within the group to defend when we’ve got the ball. 

“I asked for a reaction at half time - I got it. We changed the shape and asked them to adjust the mentality to that as well. So, I was really pleased with the boys for that.”

The travelling City fans sung Harris’ name throughout the match at the Valley and he finished by praising their support, adding: “The fanbase that came today - how good were they? The noise they made for the players and the reception they gave me. First class.

“If that’s the support we get home and away all season, I’ll be a delighted man, and it’s up to the players to respond to that.”

Full press conference, highlights & reaction to follow on Cardiff City TV.