SHAUN THE SUR­PRISE STAR TURN

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Ben Yates

SHAUN Wil­liams was the un­likely star of the show for high-fly­ing Mill­wall and his man­ager Neil Har­ris was full of praise for his cru­cial win­ning strike.

Wil­liams’ all-im­por­tant ef­fort be­fore the break was enough to de­liver all three points for the Li­ons and en­sure Har­ris’ men re­main firmly in the pro­mo­tion hunt.

Har­ris said: “It was a classy strike by Shaun Wil­liams. He’s got the ca­pa­bil­ity to do that, I’ve spo­ken be­fore about goals all over the pitch, cer­tainly im­por­tant goals that win games.

“That was a big win for us, and Shaun’s last win­ning goal here was against Peter­bor­ough to give us our first win of the sea­son and really set us on a roll.

“Hope­fully he scores more goals and they prove to be as vi­tal as this.

“I didn’t get anx­ious. I think ter­ri­tory-wise we got forced on the back-foot a bit in the sec­ond half. They kept pos­ses­sion a lit­tle bet­ter and their full-backs and wide play­ers were a bit higher to pin us back a bit.

“But they really had only one chance.We missed three one-on-ones. I was de­lighted with the first half, I thought it was out­stand­ing. Some of our foot­ball was ex­cel­lent. We cre­ated good chances and looked really threat­en­ing.The sec­ond half was a lot more work­man­like.”

Bury were de­nied in the sec­ond minute when Jor­dan Archer some­how clawed out a Peter Clarke header from an in­swing­ing Chris Hussey free-kick.

Four min­utes later Fred Onyed­inma ran onto Ge­orge Sav­ille’s per­fectly weighted through ball but he took too many touches and Bury goal­keeper Daniel Bach­mann smoth­ered the ball.

How­ever, the goal­keeper could do noth­ing about Li­ons cap­tain Wil­liams’ fan­tas­tic strike from 25 yards that put the hosts ahead af­ter 14 min­utes.

Nine min­utes af­ter half-time the Shak­ers looked to hit back when Danny Mayor nearly caught Archer off guard from out wide but his ef­fort floated over the bar.

Mill­wall nearly ex­tended their lead soon af­ter but Bach­mann came out quickly to save from Gre­gory again in a one-on-one sit­u­a­tion. The away side looked more threat­en­ing as the half pro­gressed; Danny Rose nar­rowly failed to get on the end of Pugh’s cross 12 min­utes be­fore the end.

Bury man­ager David Fl­itcroft said: “Some­times you de­serve what you get. I think if there’s hon­esty and when you as­sess the per­for­mance a draw would have been a fair re­sult. The game plan was to work the ball through mid­field and get a real hold in the game and through the full backs.

“But it didn’t hap­pen and it didn’t feel right. We tried play­ing Danny Rose in mid­field to see if we could get him on the ball but we never got it right and I took the de­ci­sion af­ter 30 min­utes to try and change it. “We did and sec­ond half it was com­pletely one-sided. We were far more bal­anced and this drove the team on. The play­ers took ev­ery­thing on board and played with no fear.”

PIC­TURES: Martin Dal­ton

LEE-DING FROM THE FRONT: Mill­wall striker Lee Gre­gory fires an ef­fort on the Bury goal

CLAPPY DAYS: Mill­wall’s Shaun Wil­liams cel­e­brates

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