IAN Holloway reckons the tactical flexibility demonstrated by his side in their win over Leeds United highlights the progress Millwall have made this summer.
The Lions boss felt his players struggled with formation changes in the wake of his appointment last season – so set about nailing down the team's structure and organisation.
And Holloway admitted Millwall's execution of his instructions was near-perfect on Saturday.
He explained: "When we get the ball the formation is 2-3-2-3 – my full-backs push up next to one sitting midfield player, who will sometimes drop deep to get the ball.
"Then I've got two midfield players – on Saturday they were Scott McDonald and Jimmy Abdou – and then we've got a front three.
"That's the formation I want to see. I want to see my centre halves working the ball from one side to the other.
"When we lose the ball, it becomes a back four – so 4-1-2-3.
"Williams is better geared to be that one in midfield, but midway through the second half we went 4-4-1-1 without the ball – we are going to be tactically flexible.
"When I made changes last year it confused everybody, whereas on Saturday it didn't and the lads stuck to their task.
"Having said that, we dropped deep and I don't know why we did that. We stopped making angles for our passes.
"After the game I was fuming because whatever we do we commit to it. You don't drop off when you're 2-0 up, you keep going and keep your shape."
Holloway singled out Williams and McDonald for special praise following their impressive performances.
The Lions boss said: "I was delighted with Williams. I thought losing Bailey would be a bigger blow than it was but Shaun slotted in there and was excellent. He had a big job to do for us.
"Lee Martin and Scott McDonald were also man-of-the-match contenders.
"It would been good for Gregory to take the penalty because scoring a goal would have settled him down. Was it a penalty? No. Was the first one? Yeah, so the referee was evening it up."