Harris highlights twin wing threat in Millwall's Posh win

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MILLWALL boss Neil Harris felt the quality of his team’s wide play was a key factor in the 3-0 win over Peterborough at The Den on Saturday.

Shane Ferguson played a part in all three goals as Millwall got their sixth win in nine league games in 2016 to move into fifth place in the Sky Bet League One table.

Ferguson released Lee Gregory in the 30th minute against the Posh and, though Ben Alnwick saved the striker’s shot, Gregory had the wherewithal to gather the rebound and cross to the back post where Steve Morison headed in.

The Northern Ireland international took the free-kick in the 49th minute that Mark Beevers flicked on to Gregory who nodded in his 20th of the season. Morison headed home Ferguson’s corner 13 minutes later.

Morison could have claimed a hat-trick when he just failed to connect with Jed Wallace’s cross, and Harris praised the role of his wingers as Millwall recovered from their 2-0 defeat to Scunthorpe to tame Graham Westley’s side.

“They’re a very dangerous outfit. They showed that in the game at London Road, 5-3 and it could have been nine-all,” Harris said.

“They’ve got real quality but we did what we’re good at. That’s the key, and I said it to the players – if we keep doing what we’re good at then we’ll get results.

“We didn’t become a bad team on Tuesday night. We played poorly then but showed our quality (Saturday).

“Jed, for me, is an out-and-out winger. He’s an excellent footballer. What I think is underestimated with our wide players, with Jed, with Shane Ferguson, Fred Onyedinma and Aiden O’Brien when he plays there, is that they work hard.

“I think first and foremost we ask our wide players to work really hard but then give us that quality. Jed puts a great delivery into the box, but it’s up to us to get the ball to him. And up to us that when he delivers the ball we get on the end of it.

“I thought the end product of both wide players the majority of the time was outstanding.”

John Kelly