Millwall boss disappointed with performance in Barnet loss

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NEIL Harris expressed his disappointment at Millwall's performance in their Capital One Cup defeat to League Two Barnet.

The Lions were eliminated after a 2-1 defeat with goals from John Akinde and Andy Yiadom doing the damage either side of a Steve Morison header.

And Harris could scarcely hide his dismay as he explained his side's shortcomings.

“I’m disappointed because I wanted to win tonight,” Harris said. “We want to win every game, but I am disappointed because in the first half we didn't control the game very well.

“Barnet played well in the first half but we were very sloppy in possession, we didn't have the high energy in the forward areas that I wanted us to have.

“In the second half, though, we changed things around a little bit and we had some good spells.

“We controlled large parts of it and scored a good goal, but we should have had another three or four.

“You go to extra-time thinking if we carry on doing what we’re doing, we should win.

"To give a poor second goal away was extremely disappointing.”

Millwall looked more of a threat going forward in the second half when Lee Gregory and Paris Cowan-Hall were introduced, replacing John Marquis and Lee Martin.

Harris was pleased with the impact his substitutes made, but revealed he expressed his dissatisfaction with his players after the defeat.

“I made a couple of changes from Saturday and left a couple of players on the bench and to bring them on was pleasing.” Harris said.

“Whatever team I picked tonight should have been able to win that game at home.

“I told the boys in the dressing room I was disappointed. I also told them what we will need do between now and Saturday and after that point to improve.

“I thought at times we made poor decisions, we were rushing, we have to be calm.

“I’ve told the boys we have to learn from our positive play, but we will also learn from our mistakes.”

Harris added: “We will learn from our failures tonight as a team, how we have to control the tempo of the game and how to control the game itself at The Den. That’s extremely important when you play for this club.

“We didn't play well at times tonight, but some of our play was really good.

“We had 18 shots from inside their penalty area. With that amount of chances in that sort of area you should be winning the game. We didn’t, and we move on to Saturday.”

Jay Taylor


37 thoughts on “Millwall boss disappointed with performance in Barnet loss

  • August 12, 2015 at 02:33

    I said we should of attempted to nick John Akinde of Barnet. I heard he had s good game against us.

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  • August 12, 2015 at 07:28

    Went last night and Fred was a class above the rest of the millwall players. Was deadly down the wing and The defence couldn't handle him

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    • August 12, 2015 at 10:19

      @lucusmckeus: agree fred is class going forward but was caught out alot tracking back and defending. Harris shouldn't have played sid at right back. There didn't seem to be a balance on the right which caused the penalty. Lesson learned, onto Coventry. COYL

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