Millwall strikers' returns product of training drills

MILLWALL boss Neil Harris revealed he still gets involved in playing on the training pitch after watching his side win their third successive game on Friday night to edge closer to the play-off spots.

Lee Gregory got his third goal in two  games when he put Millwall in front against Gillingham on Friday night, a similar strike – fired home from an angle on the right inside the box – to his opener against Swindon on Boxing Day.

And Harris explained that kind of finish doesn’t happen by accident.

“Because of the way we play we do a lot of finishing drills,” Harris said. “I enjoy coaching them and I enjoy joining in as well, at times. And the strikers love doing it.

“It worked for us last year and it’s continued to work for us this year so we won’t change what we do, how we play, how we approach games.

“What I say to the players is that consistency is key.”

Fred Onyedinma scored his fifth goal of the season on Friday, when Paul Konchesky's attempted clearance came off him and the ball rolled into the empty net.

And Harris outlined 20-year-old Onyedinma's importance to the way the team plays.

“I think it’s just confidence,” Harris said. “If you could have been critical of Fred before tonight (Friday), you would say he’s been outstanding, but end product to want an assist, to want a goal?

“He answered that with a goal. The boys were taking the mickey out of him but all goals are good  goals.

“The run forward, the flick through from Lee to put him in and the pace and aggression he showed was really outstanding.

“Everybody has different attributes. If Shaun Williams steps out of position and he can’t get back in with pace, then Fred has to cover for him. And the next time Fred wants the ball over the top, Shaun Williams will find his feet.

“So it’s about being a good team.”

Image: Millwall FC 

John Kelly