Neil Harris: Millwall's new style of play suits Lee Gregory

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NEIL Harris believes that Millwall fans will start to see the best of Lee Gregory in a different formation.

Harris has got the Lions playing 4-4-2 since taking over from Ian Holloway earlier this month and Gregory scored for the first time under his new boss against Brentford.

The former non-league striker said last week that Harris' tactical tweaks have given him more freedom.

And Harris added: "Lee's got a clever football brain so he can play on his own up front or in a two.

"But it looks like he's enjoying playing in a two up front and having fewer defensive responsibilities.

"I think the style of play suits him – we've changed that slightly to go back to front a little bit quicker, we're playing higher up the pitch and that's giving Lee some belief.

"And it's not just his goals, Lee has got a lot of other attributes – his closing down from the front, link-up play and the way he competes in the air against big centre halves are terrific.

"The goal against Brentford was the icing on the cake.

"Hopefully it's the first of many to come but I’m not putting any pressure on him – I just want Lee to keep performing and working like he is.

"If he does that, he will naturally score goals."

Gregory has been feeding off scraps for most of the season but tucked away Ed Upson's through ball at Griffin Park with aplomb.

"It was a great move – a great set-back by Aiden and Ed's ball was perfectly weighted," said Harris.

"Those are the chances Lee will thrive on and it's up to the rest of the team to give him more of those opportunities and get him into those positions."

Harris revealed that Gregory's goal came from a training-ground routine.

"It was nice to see a couple of moves that we'd worked on come off in a game," he said.

"I'm trying to give the lads a foundation to play from – good teams that I played in played this sort of style, so let's have a go playing like that.

"And once the lads are out there, with a solid base, they should go and enjoy themselves.

"They're good players and shouldn't shy away from making decisions themselves – if you need to run out of position, that's no problem providing your mate tracks back to help you.

"That's where team spirit comes into the equation."



11 thoughts on “Neil Harris: Millwall's new style of play suits Lee Gregory

  • March 30, 2015 at 12:33

    Under the right manager Lee Gregory will score 20+ goals a season.

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  • March 30, 2015 at 12:51

    More proof that the clown was clueless, at least Gregory will learn from a real goal scorer now, COYL

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