Harris is hungry to face the Cod Army
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.”