Harris is thrilled as Gills boss walks off
NEIL Harris praised his side’s ability to get the job done after they recorded their third consecutive league victory against nineman Gillingham.
But Gills boss Justin Edinburgh was so infuriated at seeing his team beaten after referee Tim Robinson sent off two of his players, that he refused all media requests and now faces possible Football League sanctions.
Lee Gregory rifled home on 13 minutes when the Gills failed to clear their lines after a corner. And Fred Onyedinma doubled the lead on 63 minutes, before Paul Konchesky saw red for incurring two bookings in eight minutes.
Bradley Dack’s 25-yard shot gave the visitors hope, but Millwall deservedly held on to make it three from three over the festive period.
“I can’t ask any more of my players,” said Harris. “I was critical in the dressing room for conceding the goal and I think they were a little bit surprised with my reaction.
“Having said that, when you play against Gillingham in a local derby, a feisty game, which it always is, it’s just about getting the three points.
“To get nine out of nine in the last ten days is a fantastic effort from my players.
“That [performance] was nowhere near the same quality as the first two, but it was every bit as satisfying in the performance, because I thought Gillingham played well.
“When we’ve got our best players out there, we’re as good as anyone.”
The Lions went close when Shaun Hutchinson’s header was cleared off the line by Baily Cargill, but the ball fell to Gregory, who clinically fired in his tenth of the season.
Gillingham improved, Jay Emmanuel-Thomas heading a good freekick from Dack wide of the near post.
The Lions had a good opportunity on the counter on 53 minutes, when Onyedinma poached the ball and charged forward, but dawdled and lost possession with Steve Morison through on goal.
The Lions thought the game was over courtesy of eight minutes of madness from Konchesky.
The former Charlton and West Ham defender was booked on 58 minutes, before Onyedinma bundled his way past him to score five minutes later.
Konchesky then scythed the goalscorer down, leaving the referee with no choice.
Dack gave the Gills a lifeline on 76 minutes with a half-volley from 25 yards, before he too was sent off in injury time.