Neil says sorry as Lions stun

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Matt Cham­bers

NEIL Har­ris apol­o­gised to his Old­ham coun­ter­parts af­ter a smash-and-grab raid helped Mill­wall to three points they barely de­served.

Steve Mori­son stooped to head in a su­perb de­liv­ery from Shane Fer­gu­son in the 85th minute, against the run of play with the home side push­ing for a win­ner.

De­spite Mike Jones equal­is­ing an early Lee Gre­gory strike, though, the re­sult leaves Old­ham in big trou­ble in the rel­e­ga­tion zone.

And it was so tough to take for un­der-pres­sure man­ager David Dunn that he sent his as­sis­tant Dean Holden to face the press af­ter­wards.

“Neil Har­ris came into our of­fice and apol­o­gised to us, say­ing he felt like his side had robbed us,” said Holden, af­ter a sixth de­feat in a win­less streak of eight games.

“It feels a lit­tle like that and a bit raw and the lads are hurt­ing.We started slop­pily and were caught cold for the open­ing goal. It took us a while to get go­ing but once we did, we got a foothold and kept them in their last third for de­cent pe­ri­ods.

“In the se­cond half, the tempo was right up there and we cre­ated some good chances.

“We feel a bit hard done by but foot­ball is like that some­times.

“The last few per­for­mances have im­proved and this was the best we have had at home for a while.”

Mill­wall took the lead in the third minute, when Gre­gory poked in from close range af­ter Fer­gu­son’s ini­tial shot had been pushed out by home goal­keeper Joel Cole­man fol­low­ing Jed Wal­lace’s raid down the right flank.

Carl Winch­ester saw a low shot saved by the legs of Mill­wall goal­keeper David Forde, while at the other end a goal­mouth scram­ble saw Gre­gory and Mori­son go close.

Fer­gu­son hit the out­side of a post as the se­cond half opened up but Old­ham had the bet­ter of it and lev­elled just be­fore the hour when Jones struck home a lovely free-kick from the edge of the box.

Winch­ester's long-range drive was pushed out by Forde but as the home side pressed, Mill­wall coun­tered and grabbed a win­ner thanks to an ex­cel­lent Fer­gu­son cross and neat Mori­son stoop­ing header.

“It was scrappy at times and the pitch wasn't con­ducive to play­ing good foot­ball,” said Mill­wall boss Har­ris, whose side are now only three points off a play-off spot.

“I was dis­ap­pointed with the de­ci­sion to give the free-kick for the equaliser, but it was a mo­ment of bril­liance. Af­ter that I am look­ing at the guys to see who has the qual­ity to get us a win­ner.We stood strong and the ball in and the fin­ish were sub­lime. I am also de­lighted with both wide play­ers, putting in the crosses for the goals.”



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