Harris pleased as Millwall dominate in Swindon win

MILLWALL boss Neil Harris felt his side were “dominant” against Swindon after Lee Gregory’s brace secured a 2-0 win at The Den on Saturday.

Greogry scored in the 10th and 65th minutes as Millwall followed up last Wednesday night’s victory over Charlton with a comfortable afternoon against the Robins.

The goals were Gregory’s eighth and ninth of the season, and Harris said the striker deserved them after his recent performances.

“Lee will be really pleased,” Harris said. “The first one it’s a direct ball into the box and then it’s about reading the play, anticipation and hunger to score.

“I’m delighted for my players because as footballers you sacrifice a lot over the Christmas period. And that’s two really good wins but I just said to them there, ‘Don’t settle for that, take it into the Gillingham game’. That’ll be the toughest of the lot.

“I think the whole team is at it, the forwards look bright and hungry for goals. Lee has played really well for a period of time now without the end product, but today he got his reward. I’m really pleased for him.

“Steve Morison got a couple of assists again and I thought as a team we were dominant following on from Charlton.

“We looked really composed without the ball, we were comfortable to allow Swindon to have possession at times because we trusted players behind us. We knew Swindon were going to comfortably get between their penalty area and our penalty area, and we had no problem with that. It’s how you defend your penalty area and I thought that my back four and goalkeeper were excellent.”

Harris picked the same starting XI from a fully fit squad for the second successive game. Millwall were superior to the away side for the majority of the 90 minutes, but were almost caught out moments before Gregory’s second goal when Luke Norris found space in the box but shot wide when he should have tested Jordan Archer.

Millwall could have been further ahead by then, but Raphael Rossi Branco headed Shaun Hutchinson’s first-half header off the line and then Nathan Thompson got back to prevent Gregory getting through on goalkeeper Lawrence Vigouroux.

Fred Onyedinma also hit the post late on from Aiden O’Brien’s cross, but Harris was pleased with his side’s performance at either end of the pitch.

“If you judge strikers on goals-per-chances ratio we’re very good,” Harris said. “Aiden, Greggors, Moro, their goals-per-game ratio is phenomenal.

“Yes you want to get the second and third as quickly as you can but where we’ve struggled when we’ve not been able to put teams away is we’ve conceded.

“Against Charlton for nigh on 90 minutes, bar one blip, and today I thought we defended really well and diligently and we looked very safe.”

John Kelly

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