Batt thrilled to score crucial goal in Millwall’s survival fight

© Gerry Sexton
© Gerry Sexton

SHAUN Batt could not hide his delight after stepping off the bench to score a crucial late winner against Watford on Tuesday. 

Batt, a 63rd-minute introduction, stabbed home the only goal of the evening in the dying stages to seal Millwall’s first league victory at The Den since January 1.

He said: “I think you could tell by my celebration that I was quite excited! It’s important for the team more than anything and it’s a massive three points going into the last five games of the season.

“I didn’t think we were great in the first-half. For spells after that we did well, looked like we could get a goal and luckily we were the team that did that and managed to hold on.

“For me, personally, it’s a great feeling and a great achievement.”

Assistant boss Joe Gallen believes one more win will be required to secure the Lions’ Championship status and Batt is determined to achieve that against Huddersfield Town this weekend.

“The league has been tight from top to bottom and, looking at the table, we are still only four points above the relegation zone so it’s a massive win and we have to back that up on Saturday,” he said.

“The teams at the bottom all seem to be picking up points so we need as many wins as possible but I’m sure we’ll pick up the amount of points we need to steer us to safety.”

Batt is mindful that, with his contract due to expire in the summer, goals such as his winner against the Hornets could play a major part in determining his future.

He said: “Hopefully moments like this are helping in my favour. If I can score a few more before the end of the season, I’m sure it would be a big help to me.”