Millwall manager Neil Harris has heaped praise on his side after they defeated Aston Villa at The Den, as reported by News Shopper.

The Lions endured a winless run in the league that stretched to eight games prior to yesterday’s win, but goals from Shane Ferguson and Tom Elliott helped see off managerless Villa.

The victory lifted Millwall out of the relegation zone and Harris offered effusive praise for his players after the game:

“It’s a nice feeling, I am delighted for my players they deserved that. They worked tirelessly. We have had some horrendous luck and we have hit the woodwork again today, I would love to see the stats to see what team hits the post or the cross bar most because we must be right at the top of the tree.

“We dug in, we showed character to come from behind again. We played like a Millwall team at The Den, that’s important. The boys have been great. The character and the attitude to train is first class, you would not know if we were top of the league or bottom of the league but that’s just down to the lads.

“We know where we are in this division and why we won’t be at the top of this league so we make the most of it and get on with it.

“I have talked about individuals not being good enough, but every player who has gone on that pitch has played to the best of their ability and it is no surprise that we have had two top performances where we should have got six points but only got four.”

Harris, a former Millwall forward himself, then discussed the form of current marksman Lee Gregory, offering an explanation as to why the 30-year-old is impressing:

“We are playing to Lee Gregory’s strengths at the moment. In our poor run of results, we have not been at our best and not played to individual strengths and sometimes you just need to go back to basics and remind players what they are good at.”

The Lions will visit Reading after the international break, looking to carve open a gap between themselves and the relegation zone.


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