Harris pays tribute to Millwall captain after Lions' win over play-off rivals

NEIL Harris lavished praise on Steve Morison after the Millwall captain’s superb goal against Bristol City capped one of the Lions’ most accomplished performances of the season as they moved up to seventh in the Championship.

Morison curled a left-footed shot beyond Robins goalkeeper Frank Fielding after a superb back-heel from Lee Gregory to put Millwall 2-0 up against their top-six rivals.

Jed Wallace had earlier scored one of the Lions’ goals of the season when he bent the ball around Fielding and into the far corner

Lee Johnson's Bristol City never looked like breaking down Millwall, for whom Morison was the dominant presence as he scored his fourth goal of the season.

“His experience and leadership is everything in the dressing room. He’s club captain because of what he brings, his maturity,” Harris said. “He knows how to play as a number nine at this football club. That’s key here, that you have a centre-forward that fans can identify with.

“Our team shape, when we press all comes from Steve Morison. That position he plays in is key and I was really pleased with him.

“He doesn’t get too many with his left foot so it was a good one.”

There was a tribute to Ray Wilkins before the game. The former Lions player and assistant boss died this week at the age of 61.

“The two goals we scored befitted the man we had a minute’s applause for. Ray would have loved those goals for different reasons,” Harris said.

“One from an old pro that he would have loved working with [Morison] and one from a young player coming through the ranks [Wallace].

“[Wallace] has the ability to do that. We like to play in the opponents’ final third and we like to get the ball there quickly, the fans demand we get the ball there quickly. Once they are there the gloves are off, the players can do what they want.

“The first goal was real class. The second one we get the ball from back to front and once we win that first contact Lee Gregory’s back-heel was outstanding. If that was in the Premier League it would be shown time and time again.

“Our game management was excellent. Johno picked a team to play around us and between the lines and I thought the shape, the organisation, the discipline of the players was as good as it’s been in my time in charge.

“For all the ball they had I’m struggling to think of a chance they had in our box, except maybe the header right at the end.”

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John Kelly