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Gregory: “We cannot wait for Villa now”

Striker confident The Lions can turn form around after late comeback at Nottingham Forest

4 October 2018

Lee Gregory has stated that the mission for Millwall now is to kick on and pick up three points against Aston Villa on Saturday, following The Lions’ late heroics to pick up a 2-2 draw against Nottingham Forest at the City Ground.

Gregory tapped home a crucial equaliser for Neil Harris’ side as the game entered second-half injury time, following Shaun Williams’ header in a game which The Lions dominated in large spells.

“I thought we were better than them in the game,” Gregory said.

“We didn’t deserve to go one down – I think they had one shot which went in, and that’s our luck at the moment.

“But we’re so happy to turn it around and get the draw – that’s what has happened to us in a couple of games, and it’s good to do it back.”

The front man believes the result and display can restore confidence among the camp as the season continues to pick up, and claimed that luck could be starting to return to the side.

“Last season we beat Leeds United 4-3 away from home in a great game, and it’s games like that which can just turn your season around, so hopefully we can now kick on against Aston Villa on Saturday – a game we cannot wait for now – so we can get back to winning ways.

“It’s been the same as last year, we performed well and weren’t getting the luck. For example, I hit the bar in the first half and it bounced out; they hit the bar in the second half and it went in.

“Things like that haven’t gone our way, but tonight at the end we kept digging in and got our luck.”

An impressive past week for Gregory has seen him score three in as many games – one in his 200th appearance against Fulham which he has now been officially credited with, and another against boyhood club Sheffield United last Saturday before Wednesday’s dramatic leveller. The 30-year-old has spoken of the targets among the strikers in the squad this season.

“As strikers, we can definitely [have a great season]. The gaffer pulled all the strikers to one side in training and said that we’re not going to score every game, but we want our strikers as a unit to get one a game.

“We’re on that target now and we need to keep kicking on, and whichever one of us it is, we need to keep getting in the right places – we had loads of chances in the first half.

“It’s important to keep going – maybe I should have put the header away early on, but luckily enough I got another chance at the end.”

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