Harris rues Millwall's wastefulness after Blackburn loss

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NEIL Harris said Millwall paid a heavy price for their missed opportunities after they were beaten 2-0 by Blackburn on Tuesday.

The Lions had 22 shots at Ewood Park but only six of them were on target, whereas Rudy Gestede and Jordan Rhodes made no mistake for the hosts with two late chances.

And Harris said: "I'm frustrated, definitely. Their two goal-scorers have scored more goals than my whole squad, so I think it's clear to see why they've won that game 2-0.

"We can talk about the positives, how good we were and how many chances we created, but ultimately to win games of football you have to score goals.

"The standard of this club is to be scoring goals and winning games.

"We've got plenty of spirit, togetherness, desire and ability in the squad but it doesn't change the result.

"I wouldn't say tonight sums up the season but the fact we haven't scored enough goals this season is clearly shown by where we are in the league.

"Defensively we've been terrific over the past few weeks but where we are in terms of taking our chances is what's costing us.

"It's been highlighted that we've been so solid and so reliable recently but we've not had the killer instinct in front of goal.

"I'm disappointed for the back four and the goalkeeper because they were fantastic – the whole team was outstanding, as were the subs.

"Their second goal came from us pushing forward but we didn't take our chances."

Defeat leaves Millwall in a perilous position with just two games left to play.

They are four points behind Rotherham, who now have a game in hand, although the Millers could yet face a deduction from the Football League.

And Harris hasn't given up hope of keeping the Lions in the Championship.

"Before tonight I thought we had to win two games to stay in the division, so my thoughts still haven't changed," he said.

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

36 thoughts on “Harris rues Millwall's wastefulness after Blackburn loss

  • April 22, 2015 at 00:27
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    Blackburn a mediocre championship team have Gestede and Rhodes, we have Fuller and Taylor fletcher, enough said!

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    • April 22, 2015 at 09:01
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      @dpendet: Spot on.We have a Old Man and Fat Man and they have 20 goal strikers.We deserve League 1.

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    • April 22, 2015 at 09:40
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      @dpendet: agree with you 100%,this as been on the cards for a long time,did not rate Rovers as you said there strikers made the difference,,

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  • April 22, 2015 at 01:34
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    Problem is Neil it wasn't wolves and Derby you were thinking of winning lol,it was the other to who had nothing to play for lol

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  • April 22, 2015 at 08:32
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    I said many times already, a club like ours who cannot buy their way out of trouble cannot reboot in 2nd tier. It would have been amazing and romantic if we could have pulled this off, however, don't get me wrong. But, say in 10 years' time or so, we could look back at the Harris reboot years in the 3rd tier with fondness and I reckon we'd be a stronger club from it, instead of the futile and directionless efforts these last 3 seasons.

    It's not al bad. The only way up is down.

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    • April 22, 2015 at 11:34
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      @SE14: I agree m8, I think the young team we have at present will flourish in league 1, and that will breed confidence as well as experience and ultimately make us stronger team with youth at its helm - no one really wants us to go down especially me but let's be realistic, it could be the making of us!! Mon u wall!!

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  • April 22, 2015 at 08:35
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    No reflection on Harris at all, he has played the poor hand left to him as well as he could.

    We have used more players than any other team in British football, wasted God knows how much on short sighted 'fixes', we say we don't have the money, I bet we have wasted more tha Charlton's playing budget this year.

    AMBLER is in the frame big time.

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    • April 22, 2015 at 08:43
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      @wongo: have we really used more players than anyone? Seeing that Harris has used 2 different teams, that must be down to Holloway. I remember at the start of the season, he said something along the lines of "we must use less players. We used the most players in the league last season and it is no coincidence that we almost went down. Look at Burnley, they used the least players and went up". thank christ he's gone!

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    • April 22, 2015 at 17:36
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      @wongo: How is this Ambler's fault? Holloway signed the players, coached them into confusion and chopped and changed the side every game. Nothing to do with Ambler

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  • April 22, 2015 at 09:58
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    Okay, we must now face up to the inevitable. Just think of how many games we have had the Lion's share of and made more unconverted chances. For starters, we need to find a "Super Neil" type striker for next season. I can't see that being Aiden, Gregs or Marquis if he returns. Twenty-two shots, was more that Bayern Munich had last night and they scored six.

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  • April 22, 2015 at 10:56
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    To be honest, to run the same gauntlet over and over and expect the same outcome everytime defies the law of averages. The last two years we managed to stay up we had luck on pur side. I think to expect more luck now is foolish. Harris has done well. League 1 next season and have a big clear out. Start assessing youth players contracts now. Look at renewing the deserved senior squad members contracts now. Get shot of the journey men, wage thieves and hangers on. Please look at how we spend and what we spend it on. A new Left Back. Cover for Right back in case Edwards doesn't come back into the fold. Cummings needs more improvement. A decent experienced Centre Half in the Hooiveld mold, as I doubt we'll keep him. A complete look at the Midfield. Who we keep who goes and what to strengthen. And then finally a proven goal scorer. Maybe another winger to push Fred and Paris.

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  • April 22, 2015 at 11:11
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    22 shots. 6 on target. That would have taken Dopey 'till this time next year, and comments from Bomber we can relate to instead of rubbish about chocolate factories and ice creams for good boy's. I'm looking forward to next season, all be it in league one.

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  • April 22, 2015 at 11:18
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    I said it in a post the day harris took over, he'll go down the hard way. Looks over now lets be honest but who knows

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  • April 22, 2015 at 11:38
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    Our Scouting system needs to be looked at because if the club is never going to pay a million pounds for a striker ( the going Rate ) we need people to identify young players and prospects from the lower divisions before they cost that much , JB is obviously a shrewd business man back in the states the only thing I can think is that he is badly advised by the people around him here and at the club .

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  • April 22, 2015 at 11:48
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    If Leyton Orient fall through the League One trapdoor we got no local London derbies next season just bloody Gillingham as far as local-ish goes. If that league wasn't depressing enough! Gotta hope with the new structure going into place at the club it can make us stronger. We seem to be falling further behind the likes Brentford, Charlton, Palace for any sort of development on and off the pitch.

    I have total faith in Neil but the mistakes cannot be repeated again in recruitment which is setting us back, every season is getting more difficult to get ahead. We need to build a young hungry team with the odd smattering of experienced players. Eddie Howe and Bournemouth have been doing that for a few seasons now, adding players continuously who could improve his squad little by little, it didn't all just fall together in one season.

    We need to unearth some serious quality talent out there to have an edge because we have been ruing our chances in front of goal far too many times now.

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  • April 22, 2015 at 12:06
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    This has been on the cards for three seasons now. Though it's hard to take relegation will be the best thing for the club. Harris will be manager and he'll be able to build a team with the core of the squad we have. He'll be able to recall the likes of Fred, Marquis, Goodman and build around youth just as we did when Harris first made the team in the late 90s.

    Staying up will only see us struggle again, whereas I feel we can be competitive in league 1.

    The last two times we've been relegated we struggled and nearly went down again, under Harris I don't see that happening however we need a goalscorer just depends if Marquis who has done the business at Gillingham or Fed at Wycombe can step up. I'd like to see Pope at Port Vale signed.

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  • April 22, 2015 at 12:11
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    There's two games remaining in which we can still turn the form books into bog paper..we are millwall never say die attitude..but some seem to put the nails into the coffin and bury it..before the season is over .the same fans who wrote us of last year and the one before that .they must get great pleasure on seeing millwall fail....rant over

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    • April 22, 2015 at 12:39
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      @Jim28: I'd be one of the ones you are referring to. I like your optimism, don't get me wrong. But there is a difference between being a realist and being someone who wants the club to fail.

      I cannot answer for others, but I do not find going down pleasurable yet is perhaps a necessary evil. Maybe we needed that to happen last year because this has been a really wasted season and we are now a full season behind in rebooting with a load of dosh wasted.

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        • April 22, 2015 at 13:57
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          A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.

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          • April 22, 2015 at 21:55
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            @Jim28: Winston Churchill was not a football manager. It's football, not fighting for your country where it is literally do or die. It's an identity for us, but it is also a business and I think we can afford (or cannot afford not to) go down and start over with Harris in the 3rd tier. Realism.

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  • April 22, 2015 at 12:25
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    The blame lies at the top of the club JB ultimately had IH been sacked 10 games earlier we would not have been here logically with 10 extra games NH would have secured at least 3 wins and 3/4,draws giving us us 12/13 extra points
    His games in charge has been rewarding compared to IH ,now JB You'll reap the financial,meltdown that comes with relegation Fans we maybe Stupid we are not .
    Without us you have no club end off .
    Ditch the overweight geriatrics and journeymen injury prone losers and build this club with the players that are Millwall like the blood n guts shown in the Wigan game that's Millwall wise up .

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    • April 22, 2015 at 14:52
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      @southstand: You are right to say where the blame lies but the day to day control of the club is carried out by AA, yes the should have changed the manager earlier than the did but JB has relied to much on AA for advice on the club.
      If we are down as it now looks that way, then lets embrace it and look forward to winning more games at home than we have been doing over the last 3 seasons, then look forward to some really good home grown talent getting a crack at first team football.
      Whoever gets the job after the end of season they will need to clear out the dross from the club and bring a couple of quality replacements to get us out of Div 1 a.s.a.p. and then carrying on in the same vein as what Neil Harris as done over the last few games and we could be back up in a year or two. COYL!!!!

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  • April 22, 2015 at 12:27
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    I think it's a Very Long shot that we'll stay up and as I said relegation has been on the cards and I believe that this time it's possible it'll make us stronger. As much as I don't want to go down I don't want another season of struggle which is what will happen if we stay up.

    We have some very good young players at the club on loan and in the wings and I'm sure the experience gained by the likes of Nelson and Powell will make them better players next season.

    I think league 1 is the perfect platform for them to grow and for Harris who should get the permanent job as soon as the season ends to build a team we can all identify with and be proud of.

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  • April 22, 2015 at 12:34
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    Harris /Saddlier/Cahill /Reid /Ifill /Dolan /Ryan /Bircham

    Craig /Robinson /Dunne /

    All were part of a rebuilding process that came from relegation but ultimately saw promotion and a period of success

    Nelson /Powell /Fred /Goodman and more could be part of that same process this time with a man who knows the club better than anyone in charge!

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  • April 22, 2015 at 13:28
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    Sadly relegation is now almost a certainty, the signs of trouble began way before Xmas when Lomas was appointed followed by the wasteful appointment of Holloway. But to be fair the team s they inherited were just not up to the standard. The board should have seen that. Neither manager solved the striker problem and the board allowed Holloway and Lomas to waste time and money on past it loan players.
    The scouting department did not do there job in finding players. Former managers like George Graham, John Docherty and even as far back as Gordon Jago, found players in the lower and amatuer leagues, they also invested in youth.
    The club needs a massive spring clean from top to bottom if it is to get anywhere next season. I know I will be panned for this but unfortunately that goes for Neil too. He is a great guy a hero for the club and done as best he could under trying circumstances. But in all due respect for him Millwall need to find and appoint an experienced and canny manager who can bring stability and move the club forward again. Maybe Neil will make a great assistant and one day become the manager he aspires too.
    I am not downhearted but see this as an opportunity to rebuild our once fabulous club.

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  • April 22, 2015 at 15:55
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    Peckham lad, I don't see why Harris can't be manager and have someone else with experience alongside him in Assistant capacity.

    McCarthy turned out to be a decent manager for us and he was thrown in at the deep end and Rhino laid the foundations for McGhee to take us up so I think Neil Harris deserves his opportunity.

    He'll get the backing of the Millwall fans and he knows the club and what it takes plus he comes across well in his interviews and talks sense.

    Going down and getting rid of Harris and installing someone who might be experienced but not a fans choice could cause real problems.

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  • April 22, 2015 at 16:34
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    Harris must go no idea at all.someone with football brain he's got to many mates here no authority.

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  • April 22, 2015 at 18:21
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    Totally s*** no1 didnt even score bomber we need u on the pitch

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  • April 22, 2015 at 18:54
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    In the last 30 years, the list of inexperienced or unknown Managers when appointed contains some of our best Managers ever, probably the most experienced Manager we ever appointed was Ian Holloway and look where that's taken us. There is an industry of bad experienced Managers in football that get job offers after failure and Holloway was near the head of that list. There are plenty of current examples of new inexperienced Managers doing a good job and Bomber should be given the job until Xmas with a viable target, say a top 10 placing (if League One). If he meets or beats the target he keeps the job until the end of next season at least. It's called an incentive and this is not the time for us to be throwing another long contract at another Manager plucked off the merry-go-round.

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  • April 22, 2015 at 20:13
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    NH should be given his chance to date he is better than SL and IH both chosen as the men to lead the team and this is where we are thanks to them NH is Wall Thru and Thru let's stop the online slagging off of people's post Together the ultimate goal is for the Wall we all love and want league 1 will be a hell hole and we'll be lucky to get out in 3 seasons
    So a complete clear out from AA Hartford down to the part time players ripping us of taking there wages and the p*** out of Wall we all know who they are .
    If you don't like a post just vote like or dislike no need to get personal if we can't be together there's no hope argue your views everyone gutted but we are where we are and as Wall we should be all for 1 and 1 for Wall
    Love this team

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