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Harris hails Millwall striker Gregory's menality

10 May 2016

The manager shares praise for his top scorer

Neil Harris has praised Millwall striker Lee Gregory for his mentality and desire to play through the pain barrier this season.

The forward scored his 25th goal of the campaign with a penalty at Priestfield on Sunday to help Millwall secure a dramatic, last-gasp win over Gillingham less than two weeks after undergoing surgery on a troublesome stomach injury.

And Harris, whose side are preparing for their Sky Bet League One Play-Off Semi-Final first leg against Bradford City on Sunday, has offered insight into Gregory's exemplary attitude behind-the-scenes.

"What we have to remember is where the boy has come from since the start of the season," the boss said.

"It took him time last year to find his feet and it took him time at the start of the season while playing with niggles, but then he really got into his rhythm scoring a lot of goals.

"He played for a period of time - I'd say probably about four or five weeks - in agony. It was testament to our medical department that Lee managed to play as long as he did. He never trained other than the odd day; he might come out on a Thursday to participate in a small section of the training session and the same on a Friday, but he continually put himself up to play.

"He came to see me and said he wanted to be involved (against Gillingham). Medical science might say he shouldn't have been and that it should have been next week, but it shows the boy's mentality."

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