Gregory a doubt as Harris says Millwall's spirit key

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LEE Gregory may not be fit to start for Millwall in their Sky Bet League One clash with relegation-threatened Fleetwood at The Den on Tuesday night.

Gregory didn’t train last week and boss Neil Harris had hoped not to involve him against Coventry, but brought him on with the Lions chasing the game.

Steve Morison and Aiden O’Brien started up front together in that 2-1 defeat at the Ricoh Arena, and will be the front two again if Gregory isn’t fit enough to play 90 minutes.

“Lee’s a tough one,” Harris said. “He’s been struggling for a period of time now. He struggled last week and hardly kicked a ball. It was a last-minute decision to include him.

“We were hoping that we’d be in front and not have to use him. We’ll have to see how he progresses probably right up to kick-off.

“If he can play some part it will be a bonus for us.”

Meanwhile, Harris is confident his side will bounce back after the defeat against the Sky Blues lengthened their odds of going up automatically to 50/1.

Millwall went ahead against Tony Mowbray’s side through Byron Webster’s header, but Shaun Williams’ red card altered the course of the contest and Coventry scored twice after half-time to win for the first time in seven games.

But Harris believes the nature of their display, when Ed Upson and Joe Martin came close to equalising late on, is cause for optimism before Tuesday night’s fixture at The Den, where Millwall have lost just once in nine league games in 2016

“It’ll be easy to dust ourselves down because we’ve got great spirit,” Harris said. “I told the players afterwards that I was proud of them.

“We deserved something from the game but Monday we’ll focus on Fleetwood. It’s a big game for us on Tuesday night and I’m delighted to be back at The Den.

“From half-time up to their goal on Saturday I thought we looked comfortable, we worked really hard.

“It was a disappointed dressing room because of the result but I think when we look back and analyse it we can be really proud of the performance and the spirit.

“We’ll use that. We’re looking for a really good performance on Tuesday to build on the second half against Shrewsbury.”

John Kelly