MILLWALL striker Tom Elliott has revealed the harsh words that Neil Harris said to his players at half-time during their 3-2 victory at Ipswich Town on New Year's Day.
With the Lions trailing 1-0 at the break thanks to an early Jack Lankester goal, Harris was in no mood to hide his emotions.
But after a stern talking to, a substitute and a tactical change, his side responded with three second half goals as they picked up their first away win of the season.
It was Millwall's third consecutive league victory and moved them up to 19th in the Championship table, but more significantly, six points clear of the relegation zone.
"He wasn't the politest. I wouldn't put children in there. You'd have to be 18 and over – maybe 21," Elliott said.
"He's a passionate guy, a passionate manager and he had every right to be angry at us. We came out second half and we used his passion in a positive way and reacted.
"First half we were below par – I'd say that and so would everyone else – that we were miles below it.
"We weren't showing the quality that we have, and I don't know if the boys were tired because we've had three games in six days or what, but we came out for the second half and showed that we can dig deep.
"We showed that we have that heart, spirit and togetherness. We've done that a lot this season, coming back into games – look at Nottingham Forest and Aston Villa and we've done it again today."
Elliott got the ball rolling for the Lions, winning a 60th minute penalty after he was fouled by Luke Chambers.
With regular taker Shaun Williams out injured, it was left to Shane Ferguson to restore parity from 12-yards, and he did so with great confidence – sweeping home home his first goal since October.
"I was just running onto the ball and my eyes lit up because I was going to have a chance on goal but then I got wiped out," he said. "For me, it was correct.
"I think Willo [Shaun Williams] has taken most of them this season and scored two or three, but Fergie [Shane Ferguson] sent the keeper the wrong way and yes, it was a good penalty. As long as it goes in the back of the net, it's a good penalty."
Asked whether he would like to take a penalty in the future, Elliott said: "Yes. I was next to take one to be honest, if Fergie didn't fancy it, but we didn't want to fight after seeing the Fulham game last week."
The 26-year-old also played a part in Millwall's final two goals – assisting the second before scoring the third – although he wasn't satisfied with his own performance.
"I was below par but it's one of them where everyone in the team is going to dig deep and your touch and passing might not be there, but you're going to keep going and keep going.
"We won this game by hard work, digging deep and through our togetherness. The quality wasn't there today but we are a good team, a strong team. We've got nine points out of nine over the Christmas period, so it's a good Christmas and a Happy New Year."
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