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Darren Ferguson: We gave Millwall a free win

28 October 2015

What the papers said about Lions victory over Doncaster Rovers

Millwall's home game with Doncaster Rovers was the only League One fixture played on Tuesday night, and The Lions took full advantage claiming three points to move within five points of the second automatic promotion spot.

An early brace from Steve Morison did the damage and it has his double strike, along with the disappointment of new Rovers boss Darren Ferguson, that was the talk of the media in Wednesday's papers.

The Yorkshire Evening Post not surprisingly highlighted the post-match reaction of Ferguson, three games into his new role as Donny manager. The paper said:

Disappointed Doncaster Rovers manager Darren Ferguson criticised his misfiring side as his side crashed to a dismal defeat at Millwall.

Steve Morison’s deadly double proved the difference as the Lions eased to victory.

Defeat was a second in a row for Ferguson's side who have now conceded six goals and not scored in their last two outings.

And defeat saw Rovers miss the chance to climb out of the relegation zone.

"We've given them a free win really," admitted Ferguson. "The fans stuck with us, but they need results and positive football.

"However, the final ball needs to be better. We want to play common sense football. We kept the ball a bit too well. We had a chance to frustrate Millwall and go from there."

Morison netted in the fifth and eighth minutes respectively, but missed a hatful of chances and could have easily bagged a hat-trick.

Four crazy minutes at the start of the first half typified how much the visitors were all at sea.

Not that Morison was complaining as he gladfully took advantage of some poor defending to bag his fourth and fifth goals of the season in the fifth and eighth minutes respectively.

Perhaps surprisingly Lions manager Neil Harris admitted: "We certainly weren't at our best tonight. We didn’t hit the standards we've been hitting in recent weeks. It should have been game over after 15 minutes."

The Daily Mail focused on the reaction of Ferguson's opposite number Neil Harris after he had watched his side record a fourth successive win at home - three in the League and Northampton in the JPT. It reported:

A quick-fire first-half double from Steve Morison earned Millwall a comfortable 2-0 victory over Doncaster.

The 32-year-old striker netted his fourth and fifth goals of the season in three-first-half minutes as the home side secured a fifth game unbeaten.

Morison's first arrived after five minutes when he reacted quickest to a poor back-pass and snuck the ball home past Doncaster goalkeeper Thorsten Stuckmann.

And just three minutes later he doubled Millwall's lead as Shane Ferguson sent in a deep free-kick which the Welsh striker powerfully volleyed home.

Next up Aiden O'Brien sprinted down the left before playing a delightful ball for Lee Gregory, but Stuckmann stood tall.

Moments later, Morison should have completed a 30-minute hat-trick after Gregory unselfishly squared, but he swung what should have been a tap-in wide.

The second half was played in the same vein, albeit with less intensity. Darren Ferguson's men threatened through a deflected Harry Forrester free-kick but never seriously tested home keeper Jordan Archer as Millwall comfortably saw the game out.
After the game, Millwall boss Neil Harris praised his two-goal hero. "I'm delighted with the clean sheet and Morison's two goals,' he said. "He's played better than that and not scored before and I'm disappointed that we haven't given him the match ball.

"We can play better than that, although we've played better and not had the points so I'll take that.

"Steve was brilliant. I hope he scores twice and misses four or five every week."

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