Lions told: Claw your way up the table
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.”
STAR MAN SAM MORSY Cheste