Millwall players spilled blood in Fleetwood win

FOUR Millwall players required treatment for head wounds after Saturday’s 2-1 defeat of Fleetwood at The Den, manager Neil Harris revealed.  

Ben Thompson and Tony Craig were seen to by club physio Bobby Bacic during the game, while Shaun Williams and Shaun Hutchinson also showed their battle wounds in the dressing room afterwards.

Millwall came under pressure late on against a Fleetwood side that were chasing an equaliser, but Harris was pleased with how his side showed application and commitment to hang on and claim the win, and he felt Williams’ performance typified his team’s hunger.

“Willo was excellent and he’s been excellent all season,” Harris said. “He’s knitting us together nicely between the back four and the forwards.

“Our desire to defend was as good today as it’s been all season. The back four got up the pitch and were brave and held the line well.

“The communication was good, which is nice to see because we’ve worked tirelessly as a group and that’s why we were disappointed not to get a clean sheet.

“There were four players with cuts in the dressing room: Thompson, Craig, Williams and Hutchinson, all waiting to see the doctor. That’s the way it’s got to be, it wasn’t an over-physical game but the players were aggressive in what they did and they put their head in where it hurts.

“Sometimes that’s just the way it is.

“For us that goes without saying, that has to be our level of performance.”

Millwall took the points through two Lee Gregory penalties, and Harris revealed his satisfaction at the record of eight spot-kicks from eight this season, with Steve Morison (two) and Fred Onyedinma (one) adding to Gregory’s five successes.

He said: “As a penalty taker myself I missed a fair share. All goals are good goals. Penalties, open play, I couldn’t care less.

“There’s more pressure taking a penalty when you’ve got time to think about where you’re going to put it rather than when you’re going through one-on-one.

“It’s a better goal, a lot of people don’t see that but the truth of the matter, as an ex-forward, that’s what it is, it’s a great finish.

“So I’m pleased, I hope that run continues. We were threatening (from open play), Steve and Lee carried on from Northampton where they looked a really threatening pair.”

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John Kelly