Harris "gutted" after Millwall let lead slip at Brentford

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NEIL Harris was left feeling "gutted" after Millwall let slip a two-goal lead against Brentford on Saturday.

Goals either side of half time from strike duo Lee Gregory and Aiden O'Brien had put the Lions in the driving seat at Griffin Park.

But the Bees scored twice in the closing stages to rescue a point – and deny Harris his first win as a manager.

"I'm definitely gutted for my players – I thought they were outstanding again," said the Millwall boss.

"But if you get 2-0 up with five minutes to go, you expect to see the game out.

"It's probably where we are as a club that, albeit against a good footballing team, we didn't see it out.

"So yeah, we're feeling down. We'll pick ourselves up for the next huge game but the positives were there for all to see."

Alex Pritchard's penalty and Moses Odubajo's low drive rescued a point for Brentford when Millwall looked to be heading for three vital points.

And Harris admitted it wasn't easy giving a post-match team talk to his players, who were shell-shocked when the final whistle went.

"What can you say to the boys?" Harris said.

"I've been a player in that situation so I really feel for them. If there were mistakes made for the goals, we'll learn from them.

"We'll talk it through as a group because there's no finger-pointing. We're in it together.

"Unfortunately a good bit of skill cost us a penalty, and then you're thinking 'come on boys, just stay strong and see it out'.

"The ball gets cleared in the box, it could've gone anywhere or to anybody but it falls straight to a good player who puts the ball in the net."

But Harris was full of praise for goal-scorers Gregory and O'Brien, who were a constant thorn in the side of Brentford's back four.

"We just felt that we could hurt Brentford with two strikers playing high up the pitch and it worked for 85 minutes," Harris said.

"We changed it slightly from the Brighton game. Gary Taylor-Fletcher has done really well for us and he's a great link on the pitch, but we went with those two.

"I was delighted with Gregory's goal – not just the finish, but the movement and the through ball. He's deserved that goal and he's a top, top player.

"He's got outstanding movement and is an excellent finisher. In the way we're playing, he'll score lots of goals for this club in the future.

"Aiden's goal was also an outstanding move – a great ball into the box and a terrific header. It's really important for him to score his first goal."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

61 thoughts on “Harris "gutted" after Millwall let lead slip at Brentford

  • March 21, 2015 at 16:35
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    Neil feels gutted ... Welcome to the club.

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    • March 21, 2015 at 23:21
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      @teddy.T: great to see us scoring goals and acctually looking like a good team again for 85 minutes but fir me i still believe we can do this come on you lions

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  • March 21, 2015 at 16:41
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    Why sub a lad who's just scored his first senior goal and was absolutely buzzing? Why change a team that were working together?

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