Millwall manager pleased with Gregory's reaction to miss

© Edmund Boyden
© Edmund Boyden

NEIL Harris says Lee Gregory can take Millwall's next penalty despite missing from the spot against Charlton on Good Friday.

Gregory was denied by Addicks goalkeeper Stephen Henderson after Chris Solly's handball during the south London derby.

But the striker's failure to convert from 12 yards did not prove crucial, as the Lions came from behind to seal a 2-1 win thanks to Jos Hooiveld's late strike.

And Harris, a big fan of Gregory's, did not think the 26-year-old was affected by his miss.

He said: "When there was disappointment, there was no hangover from it – things like Lee missing a penalty and Shaun Cummings crossing the ball behind the goal.

"Who cares? Get on with it. I trust the players, and they've got to have the freedom to do those things.

"Lee knows about the belief I have in him, and I keep telling him about it. I missed penalties and I missed one against West Ham in a London derby.

"You've got to be a strong character to take a penalty in the first place and that's something a lot of people miss out on.

"It was his reaction afterwards that pleased me – the next time the ball came to him, he held it up and laid it off. He worked hard to get in the channels again.

"It didn't seem to faze him. I said 'no problem' to him in front of the players. If the next one comes along and Lee wants to take it, he'll take it."



13 thoughts on “Millwall manager pleased with Gregory's reaction to miss

  • April 7, 2015 at 09:04

    It was a crap penalty should have blasted it str8 down the keepers throat at least then if he stops it it would knock him out

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  • April 7, 2015 at 09:13

    What happened to Williams taking penalties? He's shown already that he knows where to put them

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    • April 7, 2015 at 09:43

      @mfclions: He has also made a bad miss from the spot.That is why he stopped taking them.

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    • April 7, 2015 at 11:28

      @mfclions: Bomber is building Greg's confidence, so showing that he wants him taking the responsibility should give the right message. If he misses another then maybe it is time for a change, but I think this is the right decision and well done Greg's for stepping up for the ball. Every decent striker would walk through fire to take a penalty, this is another sign that when he clicks, we will have a very good striker on our books.

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