Millwall winger Henry admits relief at long overdue Den goal

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JAMES Henry admitted he was relieved to have ended his 18-month drought at The Den with the crucial third goal in Millwall's 4-0 win over Huddersfield Town.

Henry had not scored on home soil since April 2011 before his 79th-minute strike against the Terriers, which capped a fine individual performance on his return from a hamstring injury.

"It’s been a long time coming," he said afterwards. "Last season and this season I seemed to always hit the woodwork or be denied at the last moment, so I was delighted to finally score at The Den.

"To beat a good Huddersfield side 4-0 is a fantastic result for the boys. Everyone played a big part, and I was delighted to chip in with an assist and a goal.

"It was frustrating to be sidelined for the last couple of games so I’m delighted to be back and contributing to a good win."

Fit-again Henry dislodged Liam Feeney from Kenny Jackett's starting line-up for the visit of Huddersfield but the 23-year-old says he will not take his place in the team for granted.

"There's real competition in the wide areas now," he said. "You just have to look at Liam's performance against Birmingham.

"He put in some fantastic crosses and played a big part in our goals, and was perhaps a little unlucky not to feature against Huddersfield.

"But that just proves our strength in depth and the genuine competition for places."

Millwall, who are now unbeaten in their last six matches, kept their first clean sheet of the season on Saturday and Henry believes striking the right balance between attack and defence is key.

"The manager always talks about keeping our goals conceded down to ones and zeros," he said.

"At this level you need to do that consistently to have a chance of picking up points regularly and making your mark in the league.

"We need to keep doing that and keep playing fluid football and keep scoring freely."



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