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

(@jay_taylor18)

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

  • August 12, 2015 at 02:33
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    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
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    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
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      @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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  • August 12, 2015 at 07:32
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    It's all very well saying that we didn't play well at times but some of the play was good, but we should not have lost to a team that basically last season was 3 divisions below ourselves. But now only one league separates us.

    We need to invest in an attacking midfielder, someone who can grab the game by the scruff of the neck, scores goals, not saying that we will get the next Timmy but with our new look scouting team please tell there is someone out there that fits that mold.

    Oh well live and learn, here's to 3 points against Coventry on Saturday, coyl.

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  • August 12, 2015 at 07:32
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    They were the better team, we played no football at all, marquis was appalling, the only bright thing is the keeper archer he was excellent and must start Saturday.

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  • August 12, 2015 at 07:38
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    Heard scott wagstaff not happy at bristol city he is exactly that mould. But hey 18 shots from inside the area , i dont think we had 18 shots in total last season. Well donr jordan archer though at least Forde will know he cant fk up anymore or he will be warming the bench

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    • August 12, 2015 at 10:52
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      @DELBOY64:

      Seems that not much came out of last night, Archer is the one pleasant surprise and I'm glad that Fordey has finally got serious competition which is long overdue.

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    • August 12, 2015 at 12:39
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      @DELBOY64: Fred was very good, but best player for me was their little winger Gambin, quick as a rocket and strong as well. doubt we could afford him but I would sign him tomorrow given the chance.

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  • August 12, 2015 at 08:11
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    As many of the inputers on here I am sorry to say I told you so - that Barnet would dump Wall out of the league cup. Not being clever - it's football - we win at Shrewsbury and we are the best thing since slice bread - how wrong. I also said that there were some really tough teams not only in Div1 but Div2 and the Conference as well - seasoned, reliable, loyal pros who know the lower leagues. Yep well we can concentrate on the league now as they say - but come on Wall just get on with it - NO MORE QUIBS WE'LL MAKE THE DEN A FORTRESS, NO MORE I AM GOING TO SCORE 20 GOALS, NO MORE RANTING ABOUT HORATIO, DAMPEN THE EUTHORIA FOR THE YOUNGSTERS, TONE DOWN FRED A BIT and just go out there play as a unit for 90 minutes and anticipate, commit and with a bit of luck the squad we have can hold their own. Promotion a big shout, impossible no - we have two home league games coming up and cannot stress how important these two games are. Yep Coventry and Barnsley no tin pot teams here to win these games the team will have earned it big time. The opportunity is here to lay it down Wall 45 games to go - yep forget yesterday - will miss the gate money - but still the important thing is getting back to the championship. Where's Jimmi Abdoooooooooo how about an injury update on Doc Martin and AOB............thanks
    Coventry predication 1-0 gregs. Its not all bad we know what Dan Archer is all about now. TC get a grip you are the leader out there - show it for 90 minutes plus injury time. I love Millwall.....

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    • August 12, 2015 at 09:52
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      @Mekongriver: really good post, and nice to see someone posting a bit of reality. Came as no surprise that we lost last night. Typical millwall, win a tough away game, pants down at home against what should be an easy club. Looking at the positives, archer got a crack and didn't do too bad. Fred was good, morro got his third so at least we have a goal in us now. Not all doom and gloom but I'm expecting a fighting millwall on Saturday. If we can nick a win against Coventry, at least we will feel more confident that our destiny is in our own hands

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      • August 12, 2015 at 10:56
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        @Geoff the lion:

        Fair to say that if we don't get a reaction on Saturday too Coventry's cost then we never will!

        COYL

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  • August 12, 2015 at 08:21
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    My summery of last night game was Barnet were a team that have played together for quite a while, and we were a team that was still learning what we have, who we got,
    Should we have won -YES
    Should we have lost -YES
    Massive learning curve but all that is needed is time to play with each other and finding a way to win, handball, off someone's face, screamer from 30 yards or score a pen, we are hard to beat which is pleasing 1 step at a time.

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  • August 12, 2015 at 08:33
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    Sorry I forgot JUST LOOK AT THE PICTURE AT THE TOP - they all look like they are just about to go in front of a firing squad - FFS CHILL.............................................................................................................
    IS JIMMI ABDOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO a legend - could quite well be been here a long time..................JIMMIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII

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  • August 12, 2015 at 08:47
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    Webster was rubbish in the first half but improved in the second half, Nelson looked lost, marquis was terrible but I really want him to get better, but there is some positives archer Fred ferguson looked class, I nearly forgot to mention our midfield and Lee Martin were s.h.I.t.

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  • August 12, 2015 at 08:51
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    I'm really peeved off to lose to another bunch of nasty scheming bully's....
    Akinde made a mug of Webster for the entire 120 minutes and that oaf cost us the game.
    Upson had one of his worst games, Williams was invisible (as usual!) Marquis did nothing and Beevers when he came on was his usual poor self....
    The Positives we're seeing a Goalkeeper having a go at his defence and making a few really decent saves (well done Archer the gloves are now yours)
    Morison and Gregory look good together and Hall and Fred looked the part
    Lee Martin and Ferguson linked up well and it was good to see them get a few tasty crosses in
    We still need a right back, centre half, left winger and another striker and cabs for Forde, Cummings and Webster...
    Keep The Faith in Neil and Livers we trust

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  • August 12, 2015 at 08:52
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    This has happened many times before - Slough Town, Woking, Bradford to name a few.

    It's what NH and the team DO about it that's important.

    Get over it, learn and move on.

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  • August 12, 2015 at 08:57
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    Thought the Den was declared an impregnable fortress once again.
    Who left open the portcullis?
    Still, lots of strange results yesterday, but if the oposition flood the mid-field we seem to be clueless.
    The next two games will show us more!

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  • August 12, 2015 at 09:08
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    By the sound of things Akinde was a right handful and put himself about a bit... Maybe we could do a swap deal with Barnet - Akinde for Marquis? Neil did say he wanted a team full of strength and pace like Wolves. Anybody know how their right-back who scored the goal was like as well? We still seem a little unbalanced on that side, I guess not too much of a problem if Carlos gets back to full fitness.

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    • August 12, 2015 at 11:04
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      @Bexley_Lion:

      Maybe we could do a swap deal with Barnet - Akinde for Marquis

      If only mate!

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  • August 12, 2015 at 09:16
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    It takes us so long to build an attack that the opposition are able to pack there area leaving no clear route to goal.. What was wrong in bring on Gregory when we were awarded a penalty? As soon as we brought on Paris and Gregory there was a marked improvement. It is time to rest Marquis, Martin and Webster. The most disappointing thing last night was that Paris appeared to pick up yet another injury (I hope I am wrong as we need him) old jack

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  • August 12, 2015 at 10:11
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    Am I right in saying, no clean sheets preseason or competition thus far if so cause for concern me thinks.

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      • August 12, 2015 at 12:05
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        @lennie the lion: @lennie the lion: Thanks Lennie, as I said before my memory's not what it used to be, having said that what do you think of our offensives record thus far including preseason friendlies? cause for concern or not?

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        • August 12, 2015 at 14:55
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          @john H: I am not to worrid John, TC looked OK I think the answer is a settled squad with a left back at left back and right back at right back. Of course sometimes needs must but hopefully if we can keep the team to one or maximum two changes we will be fine. Let's not get carried away one win away from home does not mean we will walk the league just as the defeat last night means relegation. From our play last night would / should have scored a hatfull I am convinced it will come.

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  • August 12, 2015 at 10:13
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    Walk the league I don't think so reality 2 nd game in let the fans down that's 500/1000 of Saturdays gate when are Wall going to wake up and realise we need 110% for the whole of the game

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  • August 12, 2015 at 10:38
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    Hope im not the only one knowing that bouncing back is likely not going to happen in one season. this club is on its arss at the moment. team finacialy supporters. its all had the life sucked out of it to get the club back to old is going to take some serouis time and patience which we all lack at the best of times. harris can do the job for now like Keith Stevens & Alan McLeary did all them years back building that young hungry squad because they knew what type of players that was needed at wall like harris does but once that squad is ready we will need a proper manger with expirence like mcghee to push us on and up though the leagues. we are never going to be a club to buy our way up so we will have to do it slowly COYL even though i would love to win the league dont get me wrong BRING IN A RUSSIAN BILLIONAIRE!!

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    • August 12, 2015 at 12:58
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      @mfcjay1991: Even if we did bring in a russian billionaire, it would not help at all because of FFP. Our gates are small, plus the fact that we have a transfer embargo from January next year, due to losses exceeding £8m for the previous season (whilst still a championship club) means that a rich owner is largely redundant.

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  • August 12, 2015 at 11:08
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    No disrespect to Barnet we should smash teams like that at the den ... Williams great dead ball pass for the equaliser. But f*** me put a f****** tackle in and win a ball instead of hiding Webster was bullied all game nelson ain't no right back.... And please stop giving sloppy passes Fred did us proud Cohen hall played well Morrison looked like he give up at times. I'd rather play jack in the centre with anyone but lightweight Williams we have No spine though the middle as for martins on the right who missed. A one on one shocking a game to forget not a Millwall like team

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  • August 12, 2015 at 11:19
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    I got 17 dislikes for the following post once this draw was made:

    Always a banana skin when you play someone who has just been promoted that early in the season, they currently have a winning mentality and we have a losing one, wouldn't be surprised if its a lot closer than it should be

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  • August 12, 2015 at 11:21
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    The result doesn't surprise me. This is going to be a tough season and I would be surprised with a top half finish.

    And I expect loads will get on the back of Harris for it. But just take a look again at the photo with this article. Have a look. I see either players looking down at their feet, or looking Harris straight in the eye. Now remember the video taped first briefing IH gave the players when he arrived? They were playings sitting all slouchy like they didn't give a t***, none looked him in the eye and certainly didn't respect their manager.

    So although I think results are going to be tough, the players appear to respect Harris and this should be reason enough to be patient. I think it will take a few seasons to get back up...

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  • August 12, 2015 at 12:03
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    Webster was so poor he never got to grips all night upson and Williams look like they was running on empty don't know what Martin brings the positives gregory and morison look good together fred was outstanding archer is going to press forde for his place and we are desperately missing Jimmy

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  • August 12, 2015 at 12:15
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    Bad result of course, and it worries me somewhat but pessimism is always just round the corner doom and gloom never far away but we live for the good times and whatever happens let's not get on the players backs not every player is full of confidence and self belief even if they have the qualities required some need more time to gain that confidence and getting on their backs, deriding them etc will not help our cause give them a fair chance if they don't come good I'm sure the man in the suit will do what ever he possibly can to sort it out.

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  • August 12, 2015 at 12:16
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    Dropping webster was about the only thing thst covo did right, beevers or nekson should partner craig , williams dont know what has hsppened to him and paris for martin and the 2 speedsters ftighten the lives out of defenders

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  • August 12, 2015 at 13:04
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    My point yesterday was, keep the defence exactly the same as saturday as they need to gel together and need time.
    The midfield and forwards did all the running they will need a rest
    Switched about the defence, kept the same tired midfield in and we lost.

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  • August 12, 2015 at 13:20
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    Last nights display was a joke ... Under Harris, we are a lot more attacking which is nice to see, but defensively were awful!! no aggression what so ever, no fight!& Lee Martin is an absolute liability.

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  • August 12, 2015 at 19:30
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    We need K Osbourne back mate to back up the Defence and push much forward the attackers wont you agree?

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