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Harris pleased with attacking play as Millwall put four past Colchester

21 November 2015

Boss Chopper reviews Saturday's comprehensive victory at The Den

Millwall boss Neil Harris praised his side for their quality in the final third during Saturday's 4-1 win over Colchester United, but also insisted that The Lions can play better.

Efforts from Lee Gregory and Byron Webster either side of a brace from Shane Ferguson - his first goals for Millwall - ensured a comfortable and comprehensive victory against The U's, who briefly reduced the scoreline to 2-1 following substitute Chris Porter's second-half goal.

The Lions created several other chances with Steve Morison in particular twice going close, and it was that attacking side of his team's display which pleased Harris most.

"I'm delighted with the goals we scored," he said. 

"I thought we could have had a few more. Fred (Onyedinma) had one blocked, George (Saville) had one blocked and the keeper made two very good saves. We were also very close from a couple of set-plays where we just didn't quite get on the end of the ball.

"Quality in the final third was key. I think Tony (Humes) will be disappointed that his defenders have made a couple of errors but you have still got to have the ability to capitalise on those errors. I think our front four players certainly had that ability today.

"We were eight unbeaten before the break and we were really good at times and finished with a brilliant performance at Plymouth. The challenge (to the players) was can you do it again today and they certainly answered that challenge.

"But I've just said to them, as good as we were in spells today we can be better than that and I'm disappointed we didn't get a clean sheet, so I told them.

"The good teams win the next game, that's my belief. We have a tough trip on Tuesday night against Fleetwood, a team who had a good result today."

Harris reserved special praise for Ferguson, whose two goals capped an impressive individual display.

"Shane is a great lad, first and foremost. He has added some balance to our left side and certainly brings ability to the squad," the manager added.

"He took his two goals very well. He was hugely disappointed that he missed an opportunity up at Blackpool but was in a similar situation today and scored both.

"He works hard at his game and is often the last one off the training pitch because he is practising free-kicks and things like that.

"Credit to him today because hard work pays off."

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