Millwall gaffer's work with strikers invaluable, says Gregory

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LEE Gregory credits the preparation Neil Harris does with Millwall’s strikers on the training ground as part of the reason for his prolific return so far this season.

Gregory grabbed his 17th and 18th goals of the campaign in the 3-0 win at Walsall on Saturday, already double his total last season in the Championship.

Harris is Millwall’s record goalscorer and his focused work with his three principal forwards Gregory, Steve Morison and Aiden O'Brien, is clearly yielding the desired results with the trio having scored 39 goals between them this season.

“The gaffer works a lot with the strikers on our own,” Gregory said. “Maybe it’s a little bit natural as well but it’s working for me at the moment. Hopefully I can keep doing it.

“The gaffer was a striker, and an incredible one at that, and he gives us a lot of tips during the week. We have a lot of training sessions with just the strikers and it helps a lot in front of goal.”

Gregory missed a chance to open the scoring in the first half on Saturday when Liam Roberts made a save after Jed Wallace’s flick had sent him through. But the 27-year-old was clinical after the break, needing just a touch to beat Roberts from Wallace’s cross in the 61st minute before running onto Shaun Williams' through ball and shooting past Roberts (above) to seal the 3-0 win.

“I have to credit my teammates behind me for giving me that service,” Gregory said. “I think we started a little bit slowly but when we went in at 0-0 at half-time the gaffer gave us different jobs to do and I think we did them well.

“It was a great team performance in horrible conditions and I’m glad we got the win.

“Jed’s ball in the first half just caught me off guard a little bit and I tried to get something on it but the keeper did well. I think I’ve said it before with Jed, he’s really direct. As soon as he gets possession he’s going to try and beat his man and put the ball in the box.

“So it’s basically me then trying to get myself in the box and into the right place and fortunately I did that (Saturday).

“But like I say, it’s credit to my team-mates. The service was brilliant and I could have scored a couple more. You score some, you miss some and hopefully I can take it into next week.

“We’re on good form at the moment and we’ve just got to keep it going.”

John Kelly