Millwall winger: We go to Bury with confidence

SHANE Ferguson is hoping Millwall can convert chances into goals and end a mini drought when they travel to Bury this weekend.

Having scored in 30 out of 31 games the Lions have failed to score in two in succession after last weekend’s 2-0 defeat to Bolton and the scoreless draw with AFC Wimbledon on Tuesday night.

Ferguson, who had one of Millwall's best chances against the Dons but saw his close-range shot saved by goalkeeper James Shea in the first half, feels the side need to show more composure in front of goals.

AFC Wimbledon were reduced to 10 men with 16 minutes left but relatively comfortably held on for a draw.

“The manager was saying leading up to the game he wanted us to get more crosses into the box and in the Bristol game it worked well,” Ferguson said.

“I saw highlights of that game and the lads did really well. We worked a lot leading up to this game on getting crosses in but it was just that bit of luck, it didn’t fall for us.

“I had a couple of chances and other lads did as well and on another night they might go in. Hopefully we can get that bit of luck on Saturday.

“The manager said afterwards he was happy how we kept a clean sheet.

“We tried everything but we were huffing and puffing and nothing happened for us.

“We probably need to be a bit more composed when they do have a man sent off. We were trying to get the ball forward too fast, not making enough passes. We were talking about that after the game, we just need to take our time and be more composed in those final areas.”

Millwall will be without top scorer Steve Morison this weekend, while Lee Gregory is a doubt. That could mean another opportunity for Harry Smith and Aiden O’Brien to show they can be a threatening partnership up front.

“Harry’s done really well since he came in, and we’ll keep working hard in training and hopefully we’ll get it right,” Ferguson said.

“The lads who have come into the squad have done really well, Harry came in and gave everyone a lift. Losing Steve and Gregs was a big loss for us but he and Aiden did really well.

“Harry’s a young lad who wants to impress, it’s great to see that hunger and desire from him. Hopefully he’ll keep playing the way he’s playing, he’s a great player.”

Millwall are currently four points off the top six. It was the end of January before they climbed into the play-off spots for the first time last season, and Ferguson sees similarities this season.

He said: “It’s a little bit the same as last year, around Christmas we kicked on. We’ve got a game in hand as well. These games coming up we’re all looking forward to, there’s confidence in the team.

“If you lose a game it’s a long wait Saturday to Saturday but you get the chance to put it right on a Tuesday. The lads would probably prefer to have game close together.

“We’ve been on a good run and we need to not forget about that. We’ll go to Bury with a lot of confidence.”

Ferguson, 25, has played more games for club and country since joining Millwall in the summer of 2015 than in all of his career prior to that move.

He didn’t have much time off during the summer with his involvement with Northern Ireland in Euro 2016, but he wouldn’t have it any other way.

“It was a bit tough at the start of the season because I didn’t get much of a break. I was trying to find my feet again,” he said.

“But I love playing for my country and as many games as I can, that’s the reason why I came here.”

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