Millwall boss Neil Harris has singled George Saville as a key performer after the midfielder scored twice in their 2-1 win against Reading.

The visitors took the lead through David Edwards from a corner, but Saville grabbed a late brace inside the last ten minutes.

It means that the Lions are now seven points clear of the relegation zone and sit in 12th place after ten games in the Sky Bet Championship.

When asked about the 24-year-old's second goal, Harris said: “Yeah, it’s a great strike. He’s a player playing with confidence and a player playing on top form. I’ve got a group of players in my dressing room playing some of the best football of their careers, without a shadow of a doubt.

“You can see the way that my group played that they enjoy themselves and there’s total belief in what they do. Tonight, Reading got the ball and there was no panic as they sat in their shape and stayed patient, working hard.

“I thought at 0-0 we were comfortable again like the game last Saturday [against Leeds] but we lacked just that little bit of quality with the ball at times, and that’s only something for us to keep working on.

“Certainly at this level, the transition periods on turnover are really key for counter-attacking football and I think we can still use the ball slightly better than we are at the moment.

“But that’ll certainly come over a period of time.”

The heroics are good timing for Saville, the former Chelsea academy player, as he received his first international call-up for Northern Ireland ahead of their World Cup qualifying fixtures against Germany and Norway.

He qualifies through his grandmother, Patricia, who moved from Enniskillen to England, and now joins up with fellow team-mates Conor McLaughlin and Shane Ferguson in October.

Harris added: “I don’t really want to single out too many individuals, but I think that on the back of George’s two goals then I think that he’s certainly showing some fine form since he came in over the summer [from Wolves].

“I think that it’s a testament, not only just the players themselves but my staff that we’ve had six international call-ups.

“That’s based on good team performances, but individually playing really well. All six of them fully deserve their call-ups.”

When asked about Saville’s reaction to being selected, Harris said: “He was [a little surprised] at first when he got the call and they realised he was eligible, and as soon as he found out he was buzzing. Absolutely buzzing.

“I think we saw that tonight with the spring in his step, he’s been bouncing around and having a laugh with Fergie [Shane Ferguson] and Mac [Conor McLaughlin] already.

“He’ll be really proud, same as Aiden [O’Brien] with his first call-up. What an opportunity, same for Jordan [Archer] last time around.”