Millwall boss pleased for Wallace and praises "warrior" Thompson

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NEIL Harris said he was “delighted” for Jed Wallace after the winger scored his first goal on his 13th appearance for the club.

Wallace fired a free-kick from 25 yards past former Millwall goalkeeper Colin Doyle in the 24th minute at The Den on Saturday afternoon as the Lions defeated Blackpool 3-0.

Lee Gregory had scored his 21st goal of the season in the eighth minute and Steve Morison helped seal the three points with a penalty for his 14th of the camppaign six minutes from time.

“Jed Wallace has done really well, he’s bright, he’s lively, puts good deliveries into the box,” Harris said. “I watched him score some really good goals last year and he’s been frustrated with his lack of goalscoring feats since he’s been here.

“So I’m delighted for him that he got that one today.”

Millwall made up for the disappointment of Tuesday night, when they failed to punish ten-man Wigan, and they were well on their way to victory against the relegation-troubled Tangerines before Hayden White picked up a second yellow card for a foul on Shane Ferguson in the 76th minute.

The win leaves Millwall in fifth place in League One on 58 points, three ahead of Barnsley with Coventry a further three points back in seventh.

Harris thought the performance against Wigan was more impressive, but he praised his players for the way they took their chances against Neil MacDonald’s struggling side.

Harris said: “I think anyone that saw us Tuesday, we were better then. We played well today but we were brilliant on Tuesday. We didn’t have the clinical edge but today we played well, dominated the game, and we were ruthless in finishing the chances we created.

“I’m really pleased. It’s a big win today.”

Harris also highlighted the performances of midfielders Jimmy Abdou and Ben Thompson as Millwall continued their impressive form of just one defeat in 11 games in all competitions and extended their unbeaten league run to four.

“Thompson is everywhere. He’s a battler, he’s a warrior,” Harris said. “He’s a Millwall fan.

“You know what you get with Jimmy Abdou and I thought they were really good against a three-man midfield. They dominated the midfield, the two of them.

“We’ve got a player of the quality of Shaun Williams on the bench along with Ed Upson waiting and trying to force their way back in. That’s a lovely position for me to be in and it shows the quality of the performances Ben and Jimmy are putting in at the moment.”

The one negative for Harris was an injury to Carlos Edwards, who played out of position at left-back instead of the suspended Joe Martin. Edwards went off in the 65th minute with a dead leg, with Upson returning after a hamstring problem to come on in his place, and he will be assessed by the medical staff on Sunday.

John Kelly