Millwall's O'Brien says he still has room for improvement

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MILLWALL’s Aiden O’Brien isn't bothered if he doesn’t finish as the club’s top scorer this season – and says winning is all that matters.

O’Brien scored his 11th goal of the season last weekend against Chesterfield (above), three behind Lee Gregory who got the winner at the Proact Stadium with his 14th this term.

Steve Morison has chipped in with 10 goals to help the Lions up to sixth place in League One, a position they will be looking to consolidate with a win over Crewe this weekend.

O’Brien scored a hat-trick the last time Millwall faced the Railwaymen, a 3-1 win at Gresty Road in September.

But the 22-year-old stresses there are areas of his game he wants to improve.

"It’s my first proper season in the league and I’m playing on the left so that’s a slight disadvantage. It’s not the be-all and end-all if I don’t end up top scorer,” O’Brien said. “I’d love to, but as long as we’re winning games that’s the main thing for me.

“It’s another one ticked off for the season. It happened to be a header, which I’m happy with, because I know I need to work on them.

“I’d say that it isn’t my strongest point, but my first (senior) goal was a header.

“I’ve got the height but it’s just the technique that I need to work on. But when I’m around the box, any way the ball comes to me I’m confident it’s going to go in.”

Millwall were indebted to Jordan Archer for two excellent second-half stops as they won at Chesterfield for the first time in over 32 years, and O’Brien was full of praise for the former Tottenham goalkeeper.

“He’s a great goalie and he’s one of our mates on the team,” O’Brien added. “I respect him on and off the pitch. He’s a great player to play with, train with and be around so I’m chuffed that he’s back in. He made two saves that helped us get three points.”

Meanwhile, O’Brien gave a little insight into the mood within the squad and outlined his aims for the rest of the season.

“There are a lot of jokers, and one of them would be me," he said. "It’s always good to have a laugh, if it’s the right time. It’s work, there’s time to be serious and there’s time to have a little joke.

“I’m just trying to put a goal away every game. If I put one away every game that’s beautiful for me. I just want to keep scoring. I want to score in every game I play in, that’s the way I am and will always be.”


John Kelly