Harris is hungry for more at the Lions
ONCE a striker, always a striker for Neil Harris after the Millwall boss felt the frustration of his forward line despite running out comfortable winners against an injury-ravaged Swindon side.
Millwall totalled 20 attempts in a game they dominated from first whistle to last and netted twice thanks to first-half strikes from Lee Gregory and Aiden O’Brien.
It was only the Lions’ second home win of the season and the former Millwall centre-forward knew his current crop would have been eager to fill their boots on an afternoon of goal-scoring paradise.
“I think I’ve got a few goalscorers in the dressing room a little disappointed they didn’t add to the tally,” said Harris.
“Our movement was great, our crossing and passing too. It was just the execution itself could have been better but on a whole we could be sitting here talking about five, six or even more.
“I was delighted with Lee’s goal and Aiden’s. And on another day Steve Morison could have walked away with the match ball.
“But first and foremost I’m delighted with the clean sheet and with our professionalism to win the game. Some of our play was outstanding and we were really good going forward.”
Millwall were rampant throughout and were mighty unlucky to leave The Den having just netted twice.
First Gregory fired home from O’Brien’s seventh minute cross before the winger was in on the act himself, blasting a loose ball past the helpless Lawrence Vigouroux in the Swindon goal.
Steve Morison squandered four first-half chances to add to the tally, forcing Vigouroux into three fine saves as the home side dominated.
After the break, Shane Ferguson then Gregory wasted golden opportunities when clean through before Morrison and George Saville both hit the woodwork in a matter of seconds.
Swindon, bereft of any confidence, failed to muster a clear opening and were grateful to Vigouroux for keeping the score to two.
The defeat stretches Robins’ winless league run to seven games – form not helped by a dozen injuries to the squad – yet Mark Cooper was proud of his young side’s efforts.
“The players had a right go,” said Cooper.
“I can’t question their commitment because they gave everything they’ve got.
“They are just a group of inexperienced young players trying to make their way and they need a little bit of help.
“We have 90 per cent of our players injured or suspended so the boys that are playing shouldn’t have to play 90 minutes week-in, week out like they are at the moment.”
STAR MAN AIDEN O’BRIEN