Boss Harris: Six points in a week a great return for Millwall

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NEIL Harris has praised his Millwall side for their ability to “dig in” to earn three vital points with a 3-1 win against Bury on Saturday afternoon.

Steve Morison scored his 15th league goal of the season and Chris Taylor grabbed a brace to see off the challenge of the Shakers at Gigg Lane.

The win lifted the Lions up to third in the Sky Bet League One table.

“At times we had a real Millwall look about us today,” Harris said. “We weren't free flowing with the ball and we played second-ball football a lot of the time with a high tempo. We really had to stand strong physically.

“They were happy to leave four players up the park and try and play four versus four and our young players have to realise: Do you play your normal game with your normal shape, or do you have to adjust to what they're doing? Some of our decisions were really good today.

“I thought we had to really dig in, we came up against a team that played with real freedom. I thought Bury played risk-and-reward football today.

“At half-time I spoke to Aiden (O’Brien) and Fred (Onyedinma) about positional play and I thought second half we were really solid and we dealt with the aerial threat really well.

"Our centre-halves were really good, too. I thought we looked a real threat going forward and could have easily scored more goals in the second half.

“But that's six points in the week, it’s a great return and arguably it could have been seven or nine.”

Lee Gregory missed out with the abdominal injury he has been playing with in recent weeks, while Morison was passed fit to play and captained the side.

Harris spoke highly of the Lions’ stand-in skipper after the victory, and highlighted his side’s away form this campaign.

“Steve Morison and Lee Gregory have both been struggling all week, really. Lee has played limited football and we will have to see how he develops at the moment.

“Steve puts himself forward every week, he lives his life in the right manner, he is an ultimate professional.

“He has captained the team and he has been a real leader while Tony Craig has been injured. He has really stepped up for us, not only with his performances but he has also scored goals at vital times.

"His assist for Chris Taylor’s second goal was top quality centre-forward play.”

Harris added: “Our away form has been good, that’s 10 wins in the league coupled with three or four cup wins in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy – that is a great achievement by the club and this group of players. At home, going into Oldham, we have five wins in a row. We have real momentum, positivity and a great spirit amongst us.

Jay Taylor