NEIL Harris praised the impact of Fred Onyedinma after the attacker came off the bench to score the winner for Millwall at Birmingham on Saturday afternoon.
Onyedinma fired home in the 77th minute after seeing his first attempt blocked by Blues goalkeeper David Stockdale to give Millwall just their second win at Birmingham in 50 years.
The Lions restricted Birmingham to just one shot on target, Craig Gardner’s late free-kick that was saved by Jordan Archer.
Harris admitted Onyedinma can be “up and down” but said his player changed the outcome of the game with Birmingham threatening to steal a win that would have been undeserved.
Millwall’s victory stretched their unbeaten league run to six games, and puts them one win away from the top half of the Championship table.
Harris said: “I can be a little bit critical of my team’s first-half performance, I thought we could have been in front in the first half. Not because we played well but because we’re a threat in every game we play from set-plays or open play on the counter-attack.
“I said to the players at half-time, it’s not about coaching or tactics, it’s about them being more of a Millwall team second half.
“Birmingham had done really well against us, won a lot of first balls, second balls, kept our front pair relatively quiet. We were slightly off it.
“Second half was much more like us, we dominated a large period of the game. We got our noses in front with a really good goal from a young player and I thought we could have had two or three more after that.
“He’s a sprinter, young Fred, he’s an athlete. He’s very up and down in his performances because he’s young and with the way he plays.
“When he comes off the bench with 20, 25 minutes to go, that’s the impact I demand as a manager. He changed the outcome of the game when he came on.
“Birmingham were at home in front of 20,000 and could start building momentum. It only takes one corner, one free-kick, one refereeing decision to build the game up – but we took it away from them.”
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