Millwall boss Neil Harris hopes his side have turned a corner after Steve Morison’s late winner sealed a comeback 2-1 win over Wigan at the Den.
The visitors took the lead against the run of play on the stroke of half time through a Jed Wallace own goal, but the game swung on the hour mark, when two penalties were awarded in as many minutes.
Josh Windass missed his chance for the Latics to make it 2-0 and the home side hit back, Shaun Williams converting from the spot.
From then on there was only one winner, and the hosts got the decisive goal in the final 10 minutes, as Morison rounded off an excellent move to inflict a fifth straight away defeat on Wigan and lift Millwall out of the relegation zone.
“Quite possibly that’s a turning point. Only time will tell. In this game you need luck, you need key moments, key decisions from referees,” he said.
“Big moments from players. The two penalties, they could be. We’ve been on a bad run, had horrendous luck, but we’ve now got seven points from four games, which is a huge return for this club, two home wins in a row.
“So we go from being a little bit down in the dumps at half time to now really positive again and carrying that momentum into Saturday.
“The game changed on the penalties, let’s be honest.
“First half I thought we were the better team. Then we conceded another really bizarre goal on the stroke of half-time.
“We started on the front foot second half, we had a right go. I thought here we go, a matter of time, we’d get the goal, and then we concede a penalty. The boy misses, minutes later we get one.
“From that moment, gut instinct was that we’d go and win the game.”
Wigan boss Paul Cook saw his side slide to 10th in the table after their sixth away league defeat of the season, but the manager had to concede that his side had lost to the better team on the night.
“Ninety minutes of football can be summed up in a minute, can’t it? That’s how football can be,” he said.
“You have to say we scored totally against the run of play, first half. I thought Millwall were the better side. I thought they were excellent first half.
“Millwall deserved something out of the game for sure. If we’d have gone 2-0 up it would have been very unjust on them. But that’s football. And then 10 minutes later they’ve won the game. So you’ve just got to pat Millwall on the back and say well done.”
“It’s an unforgiving league. There’s a lot of bigger teams in the league below us tonight, who we’d be quite happy to finish above. So the most important thing for us is to keep our lads focussed on what we’re trying to do.”