Harris praises Millwall captain – and wants more of the same

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NEIL Harris was delighted with Shaun Williams’ “classy” strike against Bury that was enough to give Millwall the three points and move them up to seventh in the Sky Bet League One table.

Williams, who captained the side with Steve Morison on the bench, beat Daniel Bachmann at his near post with a shot from outside the box to put Millwall ahead.

The goalkeeper had earlier produced smart saves to deny Fred Onyedinma and Lee Gregory.

It was Williams’ third goal of the season, and second winning goal after his header against Peterborough in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy first round in September, and Harris hopes there is more to come from his midfielder.

“It was a classy strike by Shaun Williams,” Harris said. “He’s got the ability and capability to do that. I spoke before about goals all over the pitch, and certainly important goals.

“Obviously that was a big win for us today. Shaun’s last winning goal here was against Peterborough which gave us our first (home) victory of the season to set us on a home roll.

“Hopefully he scores more goals and they prove to be as important as today’s one.”

Jordan Archer pulled off a stunning save in the second minute to keep out Peter Clarke’s header as it looked like Millwall were still suffering a hangover from their 2-1 defeat at Fleetwood on Tuesday night.

But the home side worked their way into the game and went ahead through Williams’ strike in the 14th minute.

Gregory should have doubled the lead in the second half, but Bachmann produced his third one-on-one save of the game to prevent Millwall's top scorer from adding to his season’s tally.

Harris was pleased with Millwall’s first-half performance, but admitted his side were under pressure in their own half in the last 15 minutes of the game.

He said: “I think territory-wise we got forced onto the back foot a little bit in the second half. They kept possession a little bit better, their full-backs and wide players went a little bit higher to pin us back.

“I think they had one chance and we missed three one-one-ones. I was delighted with the first half, I thought we were outstanding. We created good chances and looked really threatening, but the second half was a lot more workmanlike.

“Credit to Bury, they put us on the back foot. But I thought we should have extended the lead during the second half.”

John Kelly