By Jake Sanders
NEIL Harris praised Millwall's character after they came from behind to secure their first away victory of the campaign at Ipswich Town.
The Lions conceded in the second minute, but three goals in 16 second-half minutes ensured the points headed back to London, to make it nine points from the last three games.
"The first-half was horrendous, I have got to be honest," Harris said. "The first-half was not acceptable. I thought about changing the team.
"I don't think I have ever made a sub in the first half – unless it's forced by injury or a red card – but it's probably the closest I have ever been to making a sub in the first half of a game.
"We adjusted shape at half-time. I had a few choice words for the group and they responded second half. The goals – all five goals – were not the greatest of goals but we scored more than Ipswich and that's all that matters.
"I thought second half it wasn't free-flowing football, but at what we do and how we play, I thought we were very good."
Kayden Jackson scored a late stunner to make it 3-2, but the Lions held on despite some nervy moments in the closing stages.
Harris continued: "We should have seen the game out at 3-1, we weren't really under any pressure, but probably the best goal of the game gets them back in it.
"But, nine points out of nine over Christmas is exactly what we needed and demanded of the group and I can only praise my players for that."
Steve Morison was a second-half substitute at Portman Road and was involved in Millwall's first two goals.
"He was extremely disappointing not to score against Nottingham Forest," Harris said. "For those that weren't there the other day, he missed an open goal from six yards, he hit the post.
"He was really down about it and I spoke to him this morning and I reminded him about his importance to this group.
"It's not about just scoring goals, and I thought he put in a real captain's display when he came on."
Image: Millwall FC