Lions told: Claw your way up the ta­ble

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Mark Wil­liams

NEIL HAR­RIS has chal­lenged his play­ers to push on af­ter in-form Mill­wall came from a goal down to beat Ch­ester­field at the Proact Sta­dium.

Goals ei­ther side of half-time from Ai­den O’Brien and Lee Gre­gory cat­a­pulted the Lions into the play-off spots for the first time this sea­son.

It was hard on the hosts who played well for large spells and had taken the lead in fine fash­ion through Sam Morsy.

Har­ris said:“It’s fan­tas­tic to be in the top six for the first time this sea­son and now we have some­thing to grow from. And the play­ers must do that be­cause we have got our­selves in a good po­si­tion now.

“It was nowhere near our best per­for­mance but to come from be­hind, show re­silience and char­ac­ter, is great.

“Ch­ester­field is a tough place to come and they tested us at times. But our goals were good – par­tic­u­larly the se­cond. It was a nice move and a ter­rific fin­ish to win the game.”

In a lively start Mill­wall’s Jed Wal­lace forced a de­cent save from home goal­keeper Tommy Lee af­ter six min­utes.

At the other end, Sam Hird went close with a far-post header on eight min­utes. And then Morsy whis­tled a long-range block­buster inches wide less than 60 sec­onds later.

The Spire­ites grew into the game and, af­ter Lee No­vak’s chip dropped just wide, the hosts opened the scor­ing on 24 min­utes. Morsy, in­stru­men­tal through­out, picked up the ball in the middle be­fore strid­ing for­wards and hit­ting a su­perb strike into the bot­tom cor­ner.

But the lead was short­lived.The Lions re­sponded ad­mirably and O’Brien drifted into the box to head home a cross in the 26th minute. Lee got a hand to the ball but couldn’t keep it out.

The vis­i­tors raced out of the blocks af­ter the break and a swift at­tack cul­mi­nated in Wal­lace re­leas­ing Gre­gory, who coolly slot­ted home af­ter 47 min­utes.

The hosts pressed and started to turn the screw late on. Sub­sti­tute By­ron Har­ri­son’s div­ing header forced a save from Jor­dan Archer on 80 min­utes. But try as they might, the hosts ran out of steam and couldn’t force an equaliser, and boss Danny Wil­son said:“I am very dis­ap­pointed with the two goals they scored – we just switched off.

“Our per­for­mance was good but we had lit­tle sloppy mo­ments and we have no re­turn from a game which we should have got at least a point.

“We had plenty of chances to win it but couldn’t. Mill­wall played well at the back.They did the sim­ple things well.

“But their goals largely came from our mis­takes and that is al­ways tough to take. It is im­por­tant we look to im­prove on this.”



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