Har­ris is hun­gry for more at the Lions

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Ed Lang­ford

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.”



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