FER­GU­SON ROARS AS LI­ONS WIN

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Felix King

MILL­WALL boss Neil Har­ris re­fused to get car­ried away de­spite Mill­wall rack­ing up a third straight win in all com­pe­ti­tions and ex­tend­ing their un­beaten se­quence to nine games.

Lee Gre­gory opened the scor­ing for Mill­wall be­fore the break, with the im­pres­sive Shane Fer­gu­son grab­bing a dou­ble and Byron Web­ster a late fourth, with Chris Porter scor­ing a con­so­la­tion for Colch­ester.

De­spite the em­phatic score­line, Har­ris be­moaned his side’s in­abil­ity to keep a clean sheet.

“We look at the op­po­si­tion dili­gently, fo­cus on strengths and weak­nesses, places we can ex­ploit and where they think they might hurt us, and we work tire­lessly on it as a group,” said Har­ris.

“We felt to­day that if we played as much foot­ball as we could in Colch­ester’s fi­nal third then we could cre­ate op­por­tu­ni­ties.

“I thought Gre­gory’s goal was bril­liant. We were eight un­beaten be­fore the in­ter­na­tional break and we fin­ished it with a bril­liant per­for­mance at Plymouth.

“I asked the play­ers ‘can you do it again?’ and they an­swered that chal­lenge. As good as we were at spells to­day; we can play bet­ter than that.

“I am dis­ap­pointed that we didn’t get a clean sheet.The good teams win the next game and we have a tough trip on Tues­day night to Fleet­wood.”

Colch­ester had al­ready con­ceded 37 goals this sea­son be­fore this con­test – the most in the Foot­ball League – and it did not take long for the hosts to open the scor­ing.

Shaun Wil­liams sent a ball over the top and Gre­gory got away from Tom East­man to fin­ish com­fort­ably past Jamie Jones for his tenth goal of the sea­son in all com­pe­ti­tions.

The sec­ond goal ar­rived when Steve Mori­son slipped the ball through for Fer­gu­son to score.

Colch­ester halved the deficit against the run of play af­ter the break when sub­sti­tute Porter pounced on a loose ball to fire into the cor­ner.

The home team did re-es­tab­lish their two-goal lead when Fer­gu­son found the bot­tom cor­ner af­ter the im­pres­sive Gre­gory played the ball be­tween East­man’s legs.

The pres­sure was re­lent­less as Mill­wall found a de­served fourth goal when Web­ster’s shot was de­flected in fol­low­ing Mori­son’s header from a cor­ner.

Colch­ester boss Tony Humes said: “It was ba­sic de­fend­ing from ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers and we just did not do it well enough.

“I do not know what to say to you be­cause the goals we con­ceded were so ba­sic it was un­true.

“It is just so frus­trat­ing and I am sure the play­ers are feel­ing the same.

“We have just said in the chang­ing room that we have got a lot of tal­ented play­ers out there who as we have seen this sea­son are ca­pa­ble of cre­at­ing and scor­ing goals. “But with the amount of goals that we are con­ced­ing, I am sure they are get­ting dis­il­lu­sioned with the re­sults and per­for­mances.”

PIC­TURES: TGSPHOTO

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