'Late chargers' Millwall working hard to get it right – Ferguson

SHANE Ferguson revealed Millwall held a number of meetings during their run of four league games without a win recently to try “to put things right”.

Ferguson scored the second goal against Scunthorpe on Saturday after Shaun Williams’ third-minute penalty and Aiden O’Brien added a third for Neil Harris’ side before Matt Crooks’ injury-time consolation.

The win was crucial as the Iron are one of the sides above them Millwall need to overhaul to seal a play-off place, and there are now just four points between them in the League One table.

“We knew it was a massive game,” Ferguson said. “The gaffer said before the game he didn’t really need to say much because he saw in the changing room how ready we were.

“We worked really hard for it, we worked on their strengths and weaknesses. The experienced lads in the team like Tony [Craig] and Steve [Morison] were doing all the talking and getting everybody ready.

“We had a few meetings after the performances we’ve had recently and we were trying to put it right on the training field.

“People look back on the games and see what we’ve done wrong and try to put it right. It’s all about improving and we showed that.

“In the last few games we’ve had chances and not put them away. Teams like Sheffield United will punish you if you don’t do that.

“We were on the money [Saturday] and when we got the chances we put them away.

“It’s the same as last year when we were late chargers as well. We knew the games we played recently weren’t good enough.

“We’re trying to put that right and hopefully we can keep pushing on and put pressure on the teams above us.”

Harris said the aggression of Ferguson, O’Brien and Jed Wallace, players not renowned for their tackling ability, summed up Millwall’s performance.

“We knew it would be physical,” Ferguson said. “The likes of Thommo [Ben Thompson], that’s his game. Me and Jed and Aiden, it’s not really our game but at the end of the day we’re all fighting for the same thing, to get success here for the club and try to get promoted.

“The fans love everyone getting stuck in and they’d soon let you know if you weren’t doing it. It’s great and lifts the players when you put in a good tackle and it leads to a counterattack.

“We take each game as it comes, we’re not looking too far ahead. We need three points in the next game. After [Saturday] we said it’s on to Shrewsbury and that’s it.”

Millwall lost 1-0 to the Shrews in December, their last defeat at The Den. The Lions had 17 efforts in goal in that game, and Harris has already spoken of having a score to settle.

Ferguson said: “I remember the game and we had so many chances but couldn’t put the game to bed. They had probably one chance and they took it.

“We’re going to look back on that game and see where we went wrong. We know it’s going to be a difficult game, they’re fighting for their lives.”

Image: Millwall FC 

John Kelly


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