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Millwall striker: Goals have given me big confidence boost

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© Edmund Boyden

LEE Gregory feels "much more confident" now that he has scored his first and second goals for Millwall.

Gregory, a £250,000 summer signing from Halifax Town, spoke last month of his frustration at a lack of opportunities in Ian Holloway's line up.

But the striker has started the Lions' last three games and opened his account for the club with the consolation in a defeat to Birmingham before the international break.

Against Wolves on Saturday, Gregory's composed finish was the launchpad for a remarkable Millwall fightback as they rallied from 3-0 down to draw.

"We have not really had a fightback this year so it's good to get one under our belt," Gregory said after the game.

"Every goal I score on a personal level means a lot to me, but especially on Saturday.

"I had a couple of half chances, but that one finally bounced right for me and the keeper dived left quite early.

"To come back from 3-0 down, it's good to know that we've kicked on from my goal and got another two.

"I think I was lucky to get my first goal (against Birmingham) in such a short period of time. I was expecting to wait a little longer, so I surprised myself.

"That did settle me a lot. I feel so much more confident now. I feel part of the team and like I do deserve to be here.

"I'm happy to be playing and it's good to get goals."

Gregory hailed the impact of Ricardo Fuller after he came off the bench to score two superb goals and rescue a point for Holloway's side.

And the former non-league star admitted he enjoys having the Jamaican as a strike partner.

"In the first half I wasn't getting much of the ball until Ricardo came on and started winning those challenges, winning the headers," Gregory said.

"It varies from game to game but sometimes I do prefer playing in a front two and that was the case on Saturday.

"He makes a massive impact, especially when he comes on in games like this when the back four are quite strong and win the aerial battles.

"Ric's a strong guy, he always wins his headers, which I know he is going to.

"He does take a lot of pressure off me because instead of going for the challenge I can run off him.

"I like playing with Ric. He's experienced as well so it works for me. I learn a lot from him in training every day and in games."

In the first half, Gregory had a strong shout for a penalty turned down when right back Matt Doherty seemed to clip him in the area.

Asked whether he should have had a spot kick, the striker said: "100%. I just played it off to Scott McDonald and he took my back foot, it's as simple as that."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

13 thoughts on “Millwall striker: Goals have given me big confidence boost

  • October 20, 2014 at 10:32
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    He needs to learn that it takes more than a 100% foul to get a penalty for Millwall. Bomber was always talking to refs during games - hopefully he can pass on some advice on how to win over some of the dodgy refs we undoubtedly get.

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  • October 20, 2014 at 10:33
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    15-20 goals this season from you young man and you and us will be fine

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    • October 20, 2014 at 10:59
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      @terry the turk lion: I reckon 15 is reasonable to ask for in his first season with us, he has got the ability.

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      • October 20, 2014 at 11:04
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        @glyngo: just goes to prove you dont always have to smash em to score.quality finish

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      • October 20, 2014 at 11:41
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        @glyngo: and temperament by the looks of it

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      • October 20, 2014 at 11:43
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        No hysterical arm waving like the premiership 7ossers

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  • October 20, 2014 at 11:58
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    Really enjoying watching you play Gregory.
    You having the makings of a decent striker. I think you will be just what we have been lacking since Morison left for Norwich.
    You and Fuller will be a real handful for any defence in the championship.
    Looking very promising.

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  • October 20, 2014 at 12:19
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    2 goals in three starts and both quality finish's,nice to see you give fuller credit for helping you.
    I always said IH should have started you earlier with a run of games.[he was wrong not to]
    Keep the right attitude and you will be a great player for us,alas i have this horrid feeling you are going to be a very good player and we might have problem's keeping you at Millwall.in the mean time learn from other's and never think you have cracked it,that was morrison's down fall.
    Above all dont sulk when thing's dont go your way and give 100% for us fan's,keep goin the way you are and you will do for me.

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  • October 20, 2014 at 14:00
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    Gregory could do some damage for us,especially if he played with a strike partner.

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  • October 20, 2014 at 14:58
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    He's now beginning to look the part having had a few games under his belt and is brimming with confidence. I'm confident that he'll go on and bang in another 15 or so goals before he really comes to life next season. Keep banging them in, Lee.

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  • October 20, 2014 at 15:12
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    Hopefully him and Fuller up front, i can see Gregory being at 20+ goal scorer this season and Fuller could get around 10-20 maybe

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  • October 20, 2014 at 16:07
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    Just keep doing what you're doing and be cushdy. COYL

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  • October 20, 2014 at 18:29
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    If we learn to play to his strengths , he'll score loads.
    Lee Martin showed what an important player he is too after coming off the bench Saturday

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