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Boss praise for Millwall skipper after crucial goal

MILLWALL boss Neil Harris praised Tony Craig after his captain scored one of the crucial goals in the 4-3 win over Bristol Rovers.

Craig notched his first goal in 18 months and made a vital second-half clearance as Millwall claimed the last play-off place with their win at The Memorial Stadium.

“Tony’s had an up and down period this year, there’s no doubting that, and by his own admission he’s not played well at times,” Harris said.

“I threw him in last week when he hadn’t trained, it was a big ask and harsh on Joe [Martin]. But sometimes you need your captain out there.

“[Sunday] he pops up with a crucial goal and his clearance off the line is brilliant. It’s his determination to get forward and the way he talks, him and Steve [Morison] were excellent.

“I’m delighted for Tony. There is a turnaround period now and we have to get them rested up and see if they go again in two games in four days.”

Three of Millwall’s goals came from set-pieces, while Lee Gregory doubled his total from play in 2017 with a first-half brace.

“We work hard and have scored a lot of goals from free-kicks and corners this year,” Harris said. “We knew we had a size advantage but I said to the boys, it’s fine having that but it becomes about the determination to want to do it.

“The big thing for us is that Lee Gregory has scored two goals. There have been questions because he’s not had the goal return we hoped for, certainly of late. But big players produce big moments and that was certainly the case.”

Millwall now play Scunthorpe in the play-off semi-finals, having lost 3-0 to the Iron in December before beating them 3-1 in April.

Harris said: “We’d a really strong performance at The Den against them a few weeks ago, but they had a really strong performance against us before Christmas.

“It’s two well-drilled teams but no one wants to play Millwall. We’ve shown that over the years.

“I’m delighted to be at The Den Thursday night first. It’s going to be a quick turnaround.

“We have to make sure that we get everyone back fit and healthy and I pick a team that I feel is the best XI to beat Scunthorpe”.

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John Kelly

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7 thoughts on “Boss praise for Millwall skipper after crucial goal

  • May 1, 2017 at 10:40
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    What a load of tosh - if by the managers own admission he has had an indifferent season - which he has - why does he continue to pick him. Also just have a look at the season to date players ratings - in the opinion of the supporters he is regularly one of the lowest ranked players. The only reason he continues to be picked is that Martin is worse!! The best left back is Ferguson by a mile.
    Also Craig is a poor captain on the pitch and it was another major gaff last season when he took the capataincy away from Moro in the play offs. Moro IS A LEADER

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  • May 1, 2017 at 11:21
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    Could not agree more. With such an outstanding display by the team, Harris again picks out his mate Craig. The truth is that Craig's goal was offside and he could have just let the ball go in as it was going to anyway. We were very lucky that the officials let it go - Sky called it offside straight away. Craig did however make an excellent clearance in the second half at the far post. My point is "Why keep picking Craig out for praise" when so many deserved it yesterday. Excellent performance, well done you Lions. Morison was magnificent and Ferguson deserves great praise for his corners and set pieces.

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    • May 2, 2017 at 00:57
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      @Longtimer: "such an outstanding performance by the team". Really?! An alright first half and an appalling second half. Until Hutch stepped up I couldn't see where a goal was coming from second half and thought they were more likely to get a 4th! In a p*** poor second half except for last 10 minutes don't think Craig stood out as being any worse than the others, and his clearance might have been the difference and almost as important as Hutch's header in the scheme of things.

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  • May 1, 2017 at 13:58
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    We need pace in that LB position everyone no that we ain't got pace down our left flag that where the dangers is in our squad if we do go up we need alot of news players from the premiership or the championship to survive coz the premiership is like champion league and the championship is like the premiership and league 1 is like championship and so on anyway I'm just thinking ahead so COYL let thrash them on Tuesday COYL NOLU WDC WAM SM WAMFTD MILLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL

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  • May 1, 2017 at 17:43
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    Craig might be millwall through and through but yesterday could have been so different for him. Certain referees we've had this year could have sent him off for that tackle he got booked for and the goal he tapped in was offside when he had no need to touch the ball as it was going over the line.just think of what Harris would think of him if that goal was disallowed and we drew the game!

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  • May 1, 2017 at 20:48
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    That goal Craig scored could have been offside by some refs the ball was going in at the time so it would have been a different story, All the boys played well so why pick one player Harris if you keep phrasing Craig could be in the long your downfull

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  • May 2, 2017 at 00:51
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    I suspect that Harris possibly picks him out for praise (though have to say can't remember him getting especially praised by Harris over others) partly because he gets so much stick otherwise. Ok, he was lucky perhaps his goal wasn't ruled offside. But that clearance at the back post was worth a goal. And I have no idea whether he is a good or bad captain - only the players and the coaching team know that. As for nearly getting sent off - maybe, but also if he'd not gone in for that tackle I suspect we'd have been laying into him as well. Not much between him and Joe Martin I think - certainly Joe as liable to get a red card as TC! And not sure Fergie as good as either of them defensively. Are either of them good enough for championship - don't think so. Are they all we have for play-offs? Clearly. So whoever he picks, I'm going to support them.

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