Millwall boss: Gregory took the difficult option

NEIL Harris said Lee Gregory avoided the "easy option" of going down in the box before he scored his first goal from play this season in the 3-1 win over Northampton on Saturday.

Gregory opened the scoring for the Lions when he got behind Zander Diamond to race on to a through ball from Shaun Williams. Gregory was impeded by the defender but just managed to keep his balance to finish past Cobblers goalkeeper Adam Smith.

Harris also praised Joe Martin for heading away a cross from JJ Hooper moments before Millwall counter attacked and Gregory scored his fourth goal of the season.

"The easy option would have been to go down but he wants to score goals," Harris said. "He's been striving to get that first real goal for himself. He keeps doing the right things and the ball to him from Shaun Williams, we've seen that before.

"But for me it was the header 10 seconds before from Joe Martin getting across the six-yard box, he comes and heads the ball 30 yards up the park. That just comes with practice, it's determination and doing the right things.

"The big thing for me is, individually I thought we were very good, but as a team we had real good spirit and professionalism.

"What the 10-day period enabled us to do – and it started before the Gillingham game, which of course we wanted to win but our focus was coming to (Northampton) – was to look at where we had been going wrong. I watched various games back of the defeats we had and, yes, we'd let some goals in but we were creating three times as many chances as most other teams and still coming off the losing side. Sometimes in football it just doesn't go for you.

"Individually we weren't at our best but we identified areas where we could be better defensively by playing in certain areas. My centre-forwards took a lot on board to make us better defensively. I'm delighted for my players, the front two scored two very good goals."

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John Kelly