Harris hails perfect away performance as Millwall strike late at frustrated Derby

NEIL Harris hailed “one of the best away performances” of his time in charge as his Millwall side defeated Derby County 1-0 at Pride Park on Tuesday night.

Jed Wallace scored the only goal of the game from Shane Ferguson’s pass 18 minutes from time to secure just a second away win in the league this season.

Derby had just one shot on goal and it came in injury-time as Jordan Archer pushed away Fikayo Tomori’s header.

“We knew we were coming up against a very good and talented Derby side that have not been firing on full cylinders recently but have still got an excellent home record,” Harris said. “We knew we were going to have to be disciplined, organised.

“We changed it round a little big tonight. We didn't know that Derby were going to play 3-5-2, I have got to be honest. We pushed Jed Wallace inside and Fergie right because I knew Jed could counter from that position.

“We wanted to get Fergie more involved in the game – the goal worked out perfectly.

“But first and foremost I want to praise the defensive ability, because I think the 93rd minute was their first shot on goal. I think four shots from distance went over the bar. We didn't create a lot ourselves, but sometimes when you're the away side you only need one. We are really pleased, it is certainly one of the best away performances from my time in charge.”

Millwall scored a classic goal on the counter, Lee Gregory winning possession before Ferguson’s perfect through ball.

Harris said: “It was very good. I thought Lee was excellent tonight in that position. He is going to give the ball away at times, but any time he was able to get hold of the ball, get a touch or two and link the play we looked a threat getting forward.

“We certainly got to the final third well. It has been tough for Lee recently. He plays better with a partner in Tom [Elliott] or Steve [Morison]. We have asked him to change certainly in the away games – he is finding less chances – but he is a team player. The best praise I can give my players is that was a very impressive Millwall performance.”

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John Kelly