Harris wants more goals and improvement from Millwall

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MILLWALL manager Neil Harris is calling for more goals from all over the pitch after watching Shane Ferguson bag his first two strikes for the club.

Lee Gregory got the Lions’ opener in Saturday’s 4-1 win over Colchester to bring his, Aiden O’Brien and Steve Morison’s combined total to 25 out of the 40 goals Millwall have scored this season.

Ferguson put Millwall 2-0 and then 3-1 up before Byron Webster scored his second of the season to seal the three points for the home side.

Harris praised Gregory for the quality of his goal against Tony Humes’ U's when the striker took advantage of Tom Eastman’s hesitancy at the back to race into the box and chip the ball over goalkeeper Jamie Jones, and the Lions boss feels his side have even more room for improvement.

“I think it’s important we score goals from all over the park,” Harris said. “Aiden, Lee Gregory and Steve Morison have got their fair share, but I was delighted to see Byron score from a set play. Mark Beevers has also got his fair share from set plays.

“And Fergie and Fred (Onyedinma), Ed Upson and Lee Martin, they need to chip in also. If you add Shaun Williams and George Saville’s quality on the ball from distance and their ability to break into the penalty area, we’re a goal threat.

“Lee Gregory’s goal was brilliant. I think Tony might be disappointed with his centre-half’s defending but once Lee gets in, the calmness, the ability and the confidence to finish like he did was outstanding.

“That’s hard work on the training ground from him and a boy bang in form.”

Gregory could have scored a second goal to take him two clear of O’Brien when he pounced after more uncertainty in Colchester’s defence, but after rounding Jones he saw his effort from a tight angle rebound off the post.

Millwall have scored 12 goals in their last three games and Harris said the management and squad prepare “tirelessly” to try to exploit areas of weakness in other sides.

He explained: “We look at the opposition diligently and we focus on strengths and weaknesses, spaces we think we can exploit and obviously places where they think they might hurt us. We work tirelessly on it as a group.

“We felt if played as much football as we could in Colchester’s final third, from their goal line to 30 yards, we’d create opportunities. Gregory and Steve put the centre-backs under pressure and along with Aiden’s pace and Shane Ferguson’s quality we thought would cause them problems.”

Harris has now quickly turned the focus to Tuesday’s night’s clash against Fleetwood at Highbury Stadium and is looking for an even better performance from his players.

“We were eight unbeaten before the (international) break when were really good at times, really good,” he said. “We finished with a brilliant performance at Plymouth and I said the challenge is, ‘Can you do it again today?’ And they certainly answered the challenge the manager put to them.

“I’ve said to them as good as we were we can be better than that. I was disappointed we didn’t get a clean sheet and I told them. We can be better and the good teams win the next game, that’s my belief.

“We have a tough trip on Tuesday night against Fleetwood who had a very good win (Saturday).”

John Kelly