LIONS PUT BLADES TO THE SWORD

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Ricky Charlesworth

MILLWALL chief Neil Har­ris saluted his team of ‘war­riors’ af­ter they sealed a bat­tling win at Bra­mall Lane.

Ai­den O’Brien’s brace sand­wiched Jose Bax­ter’s ef­fort to se­cure a fourth win on the road for Har­ris’ troops this term.

The Lions boss waxed lyri­cal af­ter­wards over his play­ers’ com­mit­ment to the cause.

“I think ev­ery­body now knows what they’re go­ing to get from a Millwall team,” said Har­ris.

“We weren’t at our best but with­out the ball our shape was re­ally good.

“We were or­gan­ised and bat­tled and the boys were a team of war­riors out there.

“I said to the boys be­fore­hand that good Millwall teams with spirit, de­ter­mi­na­tion and de­sire, come to places like this and win. I said to the boys that was the chal­lenge.

“I think we could have done bet­ter but I’m de­lighted with the win. I thought from num­ber one to 11 we were out­stand­ing.”

The hosts cre­ated the first real chance in­side ten min­utes when Che Adams struck the out­side of a post af­ter be­ing slipped through smartly by strike part­ner Billy Sharp.

Mo­ments later Chris Basham looked des­tined to score when Ja­mal Camp­bell-Ryce teed him up in­side the six-yard box, but a brave block de­nied the mid­fielder.

De­spite the hosts play­ing the more co­he­sive foot­ball in the early throes, they were caught with a sucker punch on the half-hour mark.

O’Brien slipped away from his marker and got on the end of Shaun Cum­mings’ cross to nod the ball into the Blades’ top-left cor­ner.

Ge­orge Sav­ille then saw a curl­ing ef­fort kept out by Mark Howard as the Lions looked for a quick-fire sec­ond.

Fred Onyed­inma tried his luck af­ter the restart but his ef­fort, af­ter dash­ing from one box to an­other, was kept out by Howard.

In search of the equaliser, United man­ager Nigel Ad­kins had thrown on Bax­ter at half-time and the mid­fielder even­tu­ally made the dif­fer­ence on 72 min­utes.

Bax­ter, who added im­me­di­ate bite and tenac­ity to the at­tack, drilled home in­side the box af­ter Kieron Free­man de­liv­ered a wicked ball into the area.

Just when United ap­peared to be in the as­cen­dancy, the vis­i­tors nabbed a sec­ond goal against the run of play.

Some ques­tion­able Blades de­fend­ing al­lowed Shane Fer­gu­son to pick out O’Brien who bun­dled home to se­cure the three points.

And Ad­kins re­vealed he was dis­ap­pointed with the of­fi­cials’ per­for­mance.

“The re­sult has gone against us but I thought in the lead-up to their first goal, there were two clear fouls,” he said. “I thought we were in the as­cen­dancy af­ter chang­ing it around and for me there was only go­ing to be one win­ner.

“I’m never one to have a go at ref­er­ees, but I was very dis­ap­pointed with some of the de­ci­sions.

“You can­not leg­is­late for things that go against you at times.

“I was very dis­ap­pointed in his (Andy Haines’) per­for­mance.

“But, we were in a great po­si­tion and we’ve not picked up the three points we were af­ter.”

PIC­TURES: Sport Im­age

O’BOY: Millwall’s Ai­den O’Brien is mobbed af­ter scor­ing the win­ner

PUSHY: Sh­effield United’s Chris Basham clashes with Ge­orge Sav­ille

STAR MAN AI­DEN O’BRIEN

Millwall

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