Har­ris is hun­gry to face the Cod Army

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Jack Mus­cutt

MILL­WALL man­ager Neil Har­ris claims mo­men­tum is now with his play-off chas­ing side as they head to Fleet­wood to­mor­row to take on the Cod Army, af­ter thrash­ing sorry Northamp­ton at The Den on Fri­day.

Ai­den O’Brien’s spec­tac­u­lar opener and Jed Wal­lace’s dou­ble saw the Lions wrap things up by half-time, with Har­ris ec­static at the 20minute scor­ing blitz.

The re­sult keeps the Lions sixth, one point above sev­enth-placed Southend with three games left, mean­ing their des­tiny is still in their own hands.

Har­ris said: “It was a very, very strong per­for­mance against Northamp­ton and the men­tal­ity of my play­ers was out­stand­ing.

“I thought we with­stood their di­rect play and their ag­gres­sion re­ally well and I thought we were very work­man­like at times, and then added real qual­ity.

“Fleet­wood is a tough game but a top game and the form we’re are in – ten points out of 12 at this stage of the sea­son is a top re­turn – it means we go with mo­men­tum and spirit and look for­ward to the chal­lenge.”

O’Brien opened the scor­ing against Northamp­ton in style on 27 min­utes, lash­ing in a vol­ley via the cross­bar in­side the box af­ter neat in­ter­play with Joe Martin. Ten min­utes later Wal­lace struck a mag­nif­i­cent 25-yard ef­fort which ar­rowed into the top cor­ner, giv­ing vis­it­ing keeper Adam Smith no chance.

Wal­lace got his sec­ond of the game just be­fore half-time, strik­ing home from eight yards af­ter O’Brien’s neat cut back from the by­line.

Northamp­ton of­fered lit­tle in the fi­nal third and strug­gled to gain a foothold, with Mill­wall dom­i­nant through­out, and Cob­blers boss Justin Ed­niburgh was un­der­stand­ably frus­trated.

Ed­in­burgh said: “Far too many per­sonal bat­tles were lost on that pitch cer­tainly in the first half and cer­tainly in the first 25 min­utes.

“We just didn’t com­pete hard enough and run far enough – and it dis­ap­points me to say that.”

The Cob­blers sit six points clear of the rel­e­ga­tion zone in 16th and face fel­low strug­glers Shrews­bury at Six­fields to­mor­row, with Ed­in­burgh de­mand­ing a re­ac­tion.

He added: “We’ve got two home games now and another away game but what we’ve got to do is make sure we have a huge re­sponse and a far greater de­ter­mi­na­tion in the game on Mon­day.

“We get back against teams in and around us and we’ve got to get points, it’s quite sim­ple for us.”

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