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"The support has been brilliant," states Lee Gregory

1 March 2017

Tuesday's match-winner praises Millwall fans...

Lee Gregory exorcised his Boundary Park demons on Tuesday night as he netted the winning goal from the penalty spot in Millwall's 1-0 win over Peterborough United.

The striker capped off an impressive performance with his 12th goal of the campaign from 12-yards out - a spot-kick that Gregory won himself following a lung-busting run, which covered half the length of the field.

The front-man earned himself a standing ovation as he was replaced by Calum Butcher in the dying moments of the match.

Gregory stated that despite missing two penalties against Oldham Athletic last Saturday, there was only one person that would step up to take the next one - himself.

"The gaffer phoned me on Sunday and asked if I wanted the next penalty," he proclaimed. "I said 'yes, 100%.' 

"I made two mistakes on Saturday that cost us. I owed the players that performance and thankfully the spot-kick went in as well."

The travelling Lions fans last weekend sang the name of Gregory at the final whistle and that continued into Tuesday's encounter. As soon as the striker had won the penalty, The Den rose in unison to back the 12-goal striker.

The former Halifax man expressed his gratitude for the support he has received.

He said: "I was disappointed in letting the lads down more than anything. But the support I've had since Saturday has been brilliant. The manager, the fans, the chairman - everyone has been brilliant."

Peterborough goalkeeper Luke McGee guessed right, but the striker's penalty had too much power for the stopper.

"I knew where I was going to go. I knew which corner I'd choose. If the goalkeeper saved it, he saved it, but thankfully he didn't.

"I can't say what I was thinking when I saw the goalkeeper dive the same way! I knew if I hit it hard and low, it would go in - thankfully it did."

The Lions are now 16 games unbeaten, but have also kept nine consecutive clean sheets at the other end, with just one goal conceded in 12 games in all competitions.

Despite the reshuffling of the defensive pack, Millwall have remained resolute. Gregory paid tribute to the entire back-line, as well as looking forward to Saturday's Sky Bet League One match against MK Dons - a game that could see The Lions cement their place in the top six.

"Everyone - Tony Craig, Shaun Cummings, Byron Webster, Jake Cooper, Shaun Hutchinson, Mahlon Romeo, Jordan Archer and Tom King - deserves credit. We know we can defend and if we score, we're going to win the game.

"Saturday is a massive game. The results on Tuesday night went our way, so if we can get three points against MK Dons, we're flying."

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