Millwall boss Neil Harris said his team played “excellent football” during their 1-0 victory over Bury at The Den.
Shaun Williams scored the winner early on with a screamer from range to help the Lions leapfrog their opponents, and climb to seventh in the table – two points off the play-offs.
Steve Morison started on the bench for the game on Saturday, November 28, because of illness and Harris, whose side next face Burton, was impressed with stand-in skipper Williams’s effort.
“It was a classy strike,” he told the club’s website .
“He has the capability to do that. I spoke before about goals all over the pitch and certainly important goals that win games.
“Hopefully Shaun scores more goals and they prove to be as vital as this one.
“I was delighted with the first-half. Some of our football was excellent, we created good chances and looked really threatening.
“Our performance in that first period was outstanding and I really enjoyed watching us play.
“Territory wise we got forced on the back foot a little bit in the second-half. They kept possession a little bit better, their full-backs and wide players went a bit higher to pin us back a little bit but it was just one chance for them and we missed three one-on-ones.
“We had to dig in during the second-half and grind it out, which we managed to do. I’m tempted to say it is our biggest win of the season so far.”
It was a big day for 17-year-old left-back Noah Chesmain, who came off the bench late on to make his first senior appearance for The Lions.
“There are loads of positives for us to take out of it, not least Noah making his debut,” said Harris.
“He has been excellent for the under 18s and the under 21 group. He has deserved his opportunity and I thought he did really well in the time he had on the pitch.
“There is a great spirit within the group at the moment and that was typified by Steve Morison.
“He has been unwell and wasn’t meant to come but felt like he could get here and see how he felt. He came on and gave us a real performance in 30 minutes despite being ill, which is another real positive.”
Millwall take on Burton Albion away on Tuesday, December 1 with kick-off at 7.45pm.