Boss praises "proper Millwall" as keeper heroics save Wigan

© Millwall FC
© Millwall FC

MILLWALL boss Neil Harris felt his side dominated Wigan at The Den but was left rueing an inability to take the numerous chances that came their way.

Jussi Jaaskelainen was in inspired form, saving brilliantly from Jed Wallace in the first half and producing a fingertip stop to deny Jimmy Abdou in the second.

Wigan were down to ten men from the 34th minute when Sam Morsy was sent off after he picked up two yellow cards.

Lee Gregory, Steve Morison and Wallace also missed excellent chances after the break as the Lions fell short of closing the eight-point gap to Wigan in second place in League One.

“I’m delighted with the performance but disappointed we didn’t win the game,” Harris said. “Eleven v 11 we dominated.

“We were a proper Millwall team tonight. I asked my players for a Millwall performance and they gave it to me. Eleven v 11 we dominated the game; 11 against ten we dominated and created numerous chances.

“Critical of the players? Yeah, I think I have to be that we weren’t more composed. I’m delighted with the opportunities we made but we should have worked the keeper a little bit more and ultimately we should have scored a couple of goals. On the other side I thought Wigan defended really well.”

Meanwhile, Wigan boss Gary Caldwell praised his 40-year-old goalkeeper Jasskelainen for a superb display.

Millwall had 20 shots on goal, but couldn’t find a way past the veteran shot-stopper as Wigan extended their unbeaten run to 13 games.

Caldwell said: “He’s incredible, another magnificent save and he’s obviously going to be singled out. We had players in front of him that defended for their lives and really helped him get that clean sheet.

“I’m proud of my players, every single one of them contributed and gave everything for the club. It’s an excellent point.

“It was a magnificent effort they had to put in, the physical and mental effort when you’re a man down."

John Kelly