LE FON­DRE ENDS HAR­RIS HOPES

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By John McDougall

MILL­WALL care­taker boss Neil Har­ris threw down the gaunt­let to his play­ers for the rest of the sea­son af­ter the rel­e­ga­tion­threat­ened Lon­don­ers lost to Bolton.

Adam Le Fon­dre’s first-half dou­ble sealed Wan­der­ers’ first win in three games as the Cardiff City loa­nee notched his fourth and fifth goals for the club.

And Har­ris – who took over from the sacked Ian Holloway last week – took pos­i­tives from their sec­ond-half per­for­mance, de­spite the Li­ons suf­fer­ing their fifth suc­ces­sive de­feat.

“There’s been a lot of neg­a­tiv­ity at the club re­cently mainly be­cause of re­sults,” Har­ris said.

“Ollie worked his socks off to drag us out of it and it hasn’t quite hap­pened and I think the play­ers have felt the neg­a­tiv­ity on the pitch.

“I’ve tried to say to them ‘just go ex­press your­selves and play’ and we’re look­ing now at a ninegame sea­son.

“But the big­ger pic­ture for the club is that we have to com­pete and play in the right man­ner for the next nine games and next sea­son as well.

“I’m dis­ap­pointed we got beaten, but the pos­i­tives were the chances we cre­ated, the man­ner in which we played, the man­ner in which we came out in the sec­ond half and had a right good go.”

Liam Feeney shook off Dan Harding’s aerial chal­lenge to square to Le Fon­dre.

His am­bi­tious eighth-minute close-range back heel went straight into David Forde’s arms.

But the striker made no mis­take two min­utes later.

He fas­tened on to Tim Ream’s per­fect long pass and out­smarted Jos Hooiveld be­fore fin­ish­ing clin­i­cally past Forde.

Le Fon­dre added his sec­ond on the stroke of half-time as the Trot­ters broke away through Eidur Gud­johnsen. He found the striker who buried a sub­lime curl­ing ef­fort.

Mill­wall could have halved the deficit just af­ter the hour through Lee Gre­gory.

Un­der pres­sure from Ream, he stum­bled and the ball rico- cheted off Ben Amos. And the Manch­ester United loa­nee came to his side’s res­cue once more when Bolton’s de­fence fell asleep. Ai­den O’Brien went oneon-one with Amos, who stood strong to block the 67th-minute chance.

Wan­der­ers could have added a third through sub­sti­tute Craig Davies, who failed to prop­erly connect at the far post with Josh Vela’s danger­ous right-wing cross five min­utes from time.

Mill­wall skip­per Dunne was booked for haul­ing down Davies and Tom Walker’s sub­se­quent free-kick just be­fore full-time drew a mag­nif­i­cent save from Forde.

Trot­ters boss Neil Len­non praised Le Fon­dre’s in­stincts and chal­lenged him to reach dou­ble fig­ures for the club.

“They were two great fin­ishes,” he said. “That puts him on five, so he’s sec­ond-joint top scorer al­ready. He’s only been in the build­ing since Jan­uary.

“His goal record has al­ways been good and, when the op­por­tu­nity came to bring him here, I thought he would make us bet­ter. He’s al­ready re­paid that.

“But I want him to get, and I think he would like to get, into dou­ble fig­ures be­tween now and the end of the sea­son.

“It was an im­por­tant win. It was great to keep a clean sheet.

“We just need to learn to pick up points away from home and I think we’ll be a force next sea­son, if we just make sure we con­sol­i­date this sea­son.”

PIC­TURES: Ac­tion Images

ONE FOR THE CAM­ERAS: Adam Le Fon­dre scores the sec­ond goal for Bolton and his fifth since sign­ing

GREAT WORK: Adam Le Fon­dre cel­e­brates his goal

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