Millwall defender: There is pressure on us – but we know what we need to do

BYRON Webster insists Millwall have “learned a lot” this season as they chase the results that will secure a play-off place.

Webster scored the opener against Shrewsbury on Tuesday night to set the Lions on their way to a 2-1 win that moved them level on points with Southend in sixth.

Millwall want to finish third or fourth in the League One table, which would give them an away leg first in a play-off semi-final.

“We’ve learned a lot as a group this year, about doing what we need to do,” Webster said. “We need to keep winning and ticking the games off.

“We’ve shown different sides all year. I think everyone knows we have our gameplan. Nothing changes for us, we know our game, our tactics and [Tuesday] night we showed a different dimension because it wasn’t a thriller and we had to grind it out.

“They’re fighting for their lives. In all our games, and I don’t know if it’s a good or a bad thing, everyone wants something. Gillingham are at the wrong end, Fleetwood are near us, Bristol Rovers on the last day of the season could mean something.

“They’re exciting games with a lot riding on them. It’s pressure for the boys, for the fans, and for the club. We know what we need to do and whether it’s winning nicely or going long, as long as we win we don’t really care.”

Webster was disappointed Millwall couldn’t keep a clean sheet at Greenhous Meadow after Shaun Whalley’s 90th-minute strike – the third time in four games they have conceded a last-minute goal – but he was pleased for central defensive partner Shaun Hutchinson, who scored his first goal for the club.

“He’s been unlucky with injuries,” Webster said. “When he’s played he’s done very well. He’s had a few chances as well, and it proved an important goal. We’ve conceded again late on, which is doing my head in anyway.

“We had the two-goal lead but it’s just a shame the last two games we haven’t kept a clean sheet.”

Meanwhile, Webster revealed there was an element of fortune to his goal, as he thought he was offside following Steve Morison’s pass to him.

“I was just trying to get the second touch off Moro,” he said. “I’ve had a few chances where I should have scored or have been dragged down for penalties so I’m just happy that I was onside and slotted it in.

“I actually thought I was offside so I just hit it. If I’d known I was onside I probably would have thought about it too much and that’s when it’s a bit of a problem for me!”

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John Kelly

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