MILLWALL boss Neil Harris believes the 3-1 win over Crewe was “reward” for the hard work carried out on the training ground during the international break.
Harris saw an Aiden O’Brien hat-trick give Millwall all three points at the start of a crucial week for the club.
But Harris was keen to spread the praise around after a win that was made possible also by three brilliant saves from Jordan Archer on the second half.
Harris said: “I’m first and foremost delighted for Aiden O’Brien. I’m also delighted that not only were so many players so good and consistent for 90 minutes but they stuck to the gameplan and it worked for us.
“Aiden has that quality. We’ve got players in our group who can score goals like that.
“Aiden will take the plaudits for the goals but Steve Morison led the line really well today.
“I thought that when Crewe were making eight or nine, 12, 15 passes we still limited their opportunities in open play.
“Jordan Archer made a couple of point-blank saves and we threw ourselves in front of the ball at times, which is what I expect.
“But the boys are disappointed they didn’t get the clean sheet.
“Their goal got about three deflections and you think, ‘Is our luck ever going to change?’
“But it did change because we had key players at key moments. There was a double save, a goal-line clearance and then quality at the other end.
“Shaun Williams and Jimmy Abdou managed the midfield excellently and when you play someone like Ed Upson, in that position, he used all his experience as well to manage the game.
“I thought those in particular and the back four, the way they want to defend and the manner in which they wanted to learn in the last nine days, we worked continuously day after day, then you get rewards like that.
“I said to the boys now it’s how we respond Tuesday after what was a very good performance."