'It hurt him not being involved; now he's getting rewards' – Harris praises key Millwall man

NEIL Harris hailed the impact of Shane Ferguson – after another assist set up Steve Morison’s winner against Wigan on Tuesday night.

Ferguson moved to left-back for the second half as Millwall trailed the Latics 1-0, before Shaun Williams scored a penalty and Morison slid in his first of the season from Ferguson’s low cross.

Northern Ireland international Ferguson has provided two assists and a goal in his last four games.

“Fergie’s a quality player. He’s had to be really patient at this football club,” Harris said. “He’s had some key moments the last few years, and he’s had to be really patient over the last, sort of, 13 months. He’s got those moments of quality in him. He’s got great delivery. What he lacks a little bit in physicality he makes up for with quick feet and decision-making.

“I’ve moved players around at times and all you want as a manager is for players to come in and grab that jersey, say ‘gaffer, I want to play for you, I deserve a place in your team’. And Shane Ferguson in the last four games has done that.

“It shows him as a pro and a character. He’s had a lot at a young age in his career. He’s an international footballer, and it’s probably hurt him not being involved. He’s reaping the rewards from hard work. He has been outstanding from the first day of pre-season. He’s now getting his rewards.

“While we’re on about people getting rewards, look at my team as well. I asked for Millwall characteristics.

“At half-time I was excited about seeing my team’s reaction in the second half. I was hoping the fans were going to stick with us and they did.”

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John Kelly