Neil says sorry as Lions stun
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.”
STAR MAN SHANE FERGUSON