LATE CON JOB SHOCKS LIONS
SWINDON boosted their League One survival aspirations after a lastgasp winner gave them victory over Millwall.
Conor Thomas came off the bench for the Robins to score the goal, and ecstatic Swindon manager Luke Williams said: “Every single Swindon fan should be very proud of Conor.
“Every single day he is immaculate, he’s bright, he’s in early and looks after himself he so he deserves that goal.
“He wouldn’t have started the game for sure. He’s taken the opportunity with both hands, and that’s what you want.
“We had to pay a huge amount of respect to the front two of Millwall, they can hurt you. They are both willing runners and can finish and provide for each other.
“After a good solid display we tried to introduce a bit more pace and attacking flair. We then made changes to put some more aggressive attacking players on because we know a draw isn’t good enough at this moment.
“To score that late and the whistle to go almost immediately is my dream come true.”
The result has dented Millwall’s aspirations of securing a play-off place and manager Neil Harris was unhappy with the performance, saying: “There were so many disappointments from that game.
“We didn’t impose ourselves on the game. The front four players were about as bad as they’ve been in my two years in charge.
“A Millwall team should be coming here and really imposing themselves on the game, being on the front foot and being aggressive.
“We knew we were going to get beaten at some stage, we weren’t naïve enough to think we were going to win every game until the end of the season. Something was going to give at some stage but the disappointing thing for me was the manner of the defeat.
“These boys have been great for me, brilliant, they’re a really good group and I’ve been loyal to a lot of players, as they’ve played well for me.”
The match was evenly contested in the first half with neither team able to break the deadlock.
The first chance of the game fell to Millwall in the fifth minute when striker Lee Gregory ran on to a long ball from the goalkeeper, but from a tight angle he was only able to hit a timid shot.
The best opportunity for Swindon fell to midfielder Charlie Colkett in the 21st minute. Following some intricate play on the edge of Millwall’s box, his shot looked destined for the top right corner but Jordan Archer was able to save.
The home side improved in the second half but failed to make their dominance pay until Thomas blasted home in the fifth minute of injury time after being picked out by Nicky Ajose.
OH YES! Conor Thomas scores, inset, and celebrates his last-minute goal