NEIL Harris said the response from Millwall was “outstanding” after they recovered from conceding a controversial opening goal to claim a point at Gillingham that put them back into the top six in League One with four games left.
The Lions fell behind in the 67th minute when Joe Quigley fired past Tom King, who had appeared to be pushed over the line by Cody McDonald before the officials awarded a corner rather than a free-kick. King was booked for his protests.
The visitors responded quickly and Steve Morison pounced after Tomas Holy had pushed away Jed Wallace’s shot to level with 18 minutes left.
Harris also felt his side could have been awarded a penalty when Morison’s shot looked like it had hit Deji Oshilaja’s arm and then substitute Lee Gregory went down in the box.
The point, though, lifted Millwall above Southend, who lost 2-1 at Charlton, and Harris wasn’t too critical of the officials afterwards.
“The referee doesn’t have the benefit of a replay, the linesman has given the decision, apparently,” Harris said. “They don’t get the opportunity to look back on it but I thought it was a clear push at the time, his hands were on him.
“I’ve seen it from two different angles, and it’s clever by the centre-forward, who pushed him out of play.
“That was a tight call that went against us. There were a couple of penalty decisions as well which on another day you might get. It didn’t quite go for us.
“When the decision goes against us with the corner and the ball goes into your net, you wonder is it going to be your day.
“The chances we had and the pressure we put them under, you think it’s not going to go for you.
“But the character of the players was outstanding, it didn’t knock us out of our stride. If anything we got better, we were more determined, we used the ball better.
“When we got back to 1-1 I thought there was only going to be one winner.”
Millwall’s top-six fate is now back in their own hands, with fixtures against Northampton and Fleetwood over the Easter weekend followed by Oxford and then Bristol Rovers away from home on the final day.
They are now three games unbeaten having not won any of their previous four in the league.
“I said to the guys, as an isolated game it was a really good performance,” Harris added. “The only opportunities Gillingham had were scrambles and half-chances for set-pieces.
“We were creative, our movement was really good, so was our use of the ball. We got into some very dangerous areas.
“We had countless chances to score. On the whole the week was outstanding, seven points against three tough opponents for us is a really good return.
“Last Saturday I felt we had to get good return from these three games, and it’s been a really good effort by my squad.”
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