Smith understands Millwall fans' frustration

HARRY Smith knows "fans can get on your back" after the 1-0 defeat to Shrewsbury at The Den last Saturday was greeted with boos at the final whistle.

Millwall dominated the game but drew just their third blank in 16 games at home this season as Shrewsbury survived a late onslaught to claim the three points.

Smith scored six goals in his first six games for the club, but saw Shrews goalkeeper Jayson Leutwiler claw one first-half header off the line before the striker scooped over from close range with time running out when perhaps he should have found the target.

Smith is satisfied with the start he has made to his Millwall career, but knows fans can be quick to voice their displeasure if results aren't going their way.

"I couldn't have asked for better but I'm still just taking each game as it comes," Smith said. "To score a hat-trick in the FA Cup was a big moment for me and I want to create many more like it.

"It was frustrating at the weekend considering they had just one chance and they scored from it and we had countless efforts, including some for myself. I was disappointed with myself after the game because I thought I should have scored a few goals.

"We did a lot of things right during the game and obviously you can understand the fans' frustration. We all want to win and we're all in it together. It was a disappointing result but we have to look forward and get back to winning on Saturday.

"It can affect you when the fans get on your back but you can't think too much about it because you won't do what you need to do. Unfortunately we just couldn't put the ball in the back of the net. It's part and parcel of football.

"When everything is going well there's nothing better than the atmosphere at The Den. But when you hit a bit of a bad spell or get a bad result, it's expected at a club like Millwall that the fans can get on your back.

"But we know that and hopefully we can rectify it by getting a good result at Scunthorpe."

With Steve Morison back in training after the knee injury he suffered against Southend on November 4 but a doubt to feature this weekend, Smith should continue up front with Lee Gregory at Glanford Park.

"Lee's been brilliant," Smith said. "I've played with him a few times now and throughout the 90 minutes he's talking to me non-stop. He gives me a lot of advice and that helps me a lot.

"The next few weeks are massive for us with Scunthorpe, Charlton, Swindon, Gillingham, they're all huge games for us. Come the end of the month we'll see where we are and hopefully that will be in or near the top six."

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John Kelly