Harris: Millwall denied "stonewall" penalty against Watford

© Edmund Boyden
© Edmund Boyden

NEIL Harris felt Millwall were denied a "stonewall" penalty during their 2-0 loss to Watford – but admitted the decision might not have affected the result. 

Ed Upson was bundled over in the area with the score at 0-0 but referee Simon Hooper ruled that the midfielder has gone to ground too easily.

The Hornets took the lead at the other end shortly afterwards when Matej Vydra drilled in a superb first-time volley from Ikechi Anya's floated cross.

"I think it's about as clear-cut a penalty as you're ever going to see," Harris said.

"I thought it was a stonewall penalty at the time and I've seen it back a few times as well.

"Ed gets between the ball and the player. The player makes an honest challenge for the ball but clatters Ed first without getting near it.

"It's a penalty and probably changes the swing of the game.

"Referees have difficult jobs and have to make decisions straight away. We got on with it and that's not what cost us the game.

"It might have helped us but it doesn't necessarily mean the result would've been any different.

"I asked Keith Hill, the fourth official, to ask the referee why [he hadn't given the decision], and he thought Ed went down slightly too easily.

"Watching it back, it's clear to see that he didn't. But he didn't give it and we can't change that."

The Lions were competing well with the third-placed visitors until Vydra's opener.

Adlene Guedioura then finished off a passing move to make it 2-0 in the second half.

"Vyrda's was an outstanding goal," Harris added. "As an ex-striker, I thought it was a great finish and a great volley.

"We can say that with both goals we could've defended slightly better but I think you have to give credit when credit is due."

Millwall battled hard to find a way back into the game, with Aiden O'Brien firing their best chance at Heurelho Gomes from a narrow angle.

"I'm pleased in a lot of senses," Harris added. "Between both penalty areas we were outstanding and I was really pleased about that.

"Everything that we're asking for from the players, they gave us again. The difference was the quality in the final third and that was clear to see.

"That's why a lot of the Watford players will be gracing the Premier League next season, with or without Watford."

The Lions, who remain seven points adrift of fourth-bottom Rotherham, face Wigan in a must-win six-pointer on Tuesday.

"We're at the stage when we need to win games and quickly," Harris said.

"We're giving everything we've got and we're constantly improving but it gets to the stage when you have to start winning games, and that starts on Tuesday.

"Wigan is a huge game for our club. It'll be a challenging evening but it's one we're looking forward to after a decent performance, albeit without an end product."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

47 thoughts on “Harris: Millwall denied "stonewall" penalty against Watford

  • April 11, 2015 at 18:47
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    S*** refs, we always get s*** refs, springs to mind!

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    • April 11, 2015 at 20:36
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      @dpendet: beaten by a very good team that only had 5 chances and scored 2 of them and we seem to have players that arent championship standards i.e Gregory , Cummings , Harding. but slowly we are making progess and for once forde shows what he is worth.COYL

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      • April 11, 2015 at 22:29
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        @kyran_nicholl07: for once? Hope you enjoyed your first game...

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  • April 11, 2015 at 18:48
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    Went down to easy like most players today. We are down so get the right man in early so he has time to make his mark on the team and we start the season ready. Thanks to bomber for his efforts but he isn't quite ready yet.

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    • April 11, 2015 at 19:04
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      @LETEMCOME:
      Why don't you think he is ready? The players are performing for him, he knows the club inside out and there is no one who can honestly say that he would be a bad manager. We've gone for the 'promising' young manager in lomas, and then down the 'experienced' route in Holloway. George Graham was inexperienced when he took us over, and look what happened. Eddie Howe had no experience, look at him. It can be done, and things have certainly improved under harris, and this isn't even his squad. People think football is complicated when it's not, the trick is to NOT complicate it (Holloway for example). The first thing any team needs to do in any game is to be organised. We always were under jackett, and now we are under harris. Give him a chance, and if its not working out, he can go back to the u21s, but we won't know unless we try him out.

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      • April 11, 2015 at 21:35
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        @82wall:
        The reason why Harris should not be offered or take the role is because if it all snowballs and we end up in league 2 the so called mindless fans will be calling for his head and bomber is a legend at the club, leading scorer and his record will not be surpassed in my lifetime, we been here before remember the 99/00 season when Rhino was in charge who was on his back, the same fans that will slate Harris if he fails.

        We all loved you as a striker and let us remember you in that way. The board need to appoint a sensible candidate to take over the reins foe next season and sort this out after the last game, so we can build a sustainable squad during the closed season and challenge for promotion.

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      • April 12, 2015 at 10:59
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        @82wall: What did he do when in charge at Southend sweet FA.

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        • April 12, 2015 at 19:44
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          @baz2262:
          Your clearly just a wind up, and you don't even get your facts right. He was never in charge of Southend you mug!

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