Harris rues missed chances as Millwall lose at home again

© Edmund Boyden
© Edmund Boyden

NEIL Harris backed his young players to turn Millwall’s form around after Chesterfield became the latest side to leave The Den with three league points.

Jay O’Shea’s double gave the Spireites the win as Millwall’s losing home run stretched to four games.

Harris acknowledged that the Lions were second best in the first half, but was frustrated that a much-improved performance after the break went unrewarded.

He had replaced Lee Gregory with Aiden O’Brien at half-time, injecting more pace into the side, and Jimmy Abdou almost equalised 15 minutes from time but Tommy Lee pushed his deflected shot away.

Harris said: “I thought we started okay but then their midfield dominated, possession-wise.

“After 35 minutes we got a foothold back in the game, came in at half-time and made a change to give us more of a link in the play.

“In the second half we were the much better team. I think what summed it up for me is Jimmy’s deflected shot is saved by the keeper going the wrong way, and at the other end their deflected shot ends up in the back of the net.

“We weren’t clinical enough, we created chances but weren’t clinical enough. It’s getting the mix right between being an attacking threat and creating chances and being solid at the back, and it probably wasn’t quite right today.

“I think the sucker-punch was the second goal, the first one was a great strike. If we had been more clinical in between then the result would have been different.

“Tactically we changed it with Aiden giving us that link in the play rather than being more direct and that certainly helped, it enabled us to make that extra pass at times.

“We were disappointed at half-time, we know we didn’t play well in the first half.

“We just said at half-time, go out and enjoy yourselves, express yourselves. We’re going to make mistakes with young lads in the team, they’re going to get things slightly wrong.

“But I hope we don’t get punished every time we make mistakes as a group.”

John Kelly

(@jkelly1882)

92 thoughts on “Harris rues missed chances as Millwall lose at home again

  • August 29, 2015 at 18:14
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    All a bit too naive!

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    • August 29, 2015 at 18:55
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      @beethoven5: step down harris let the yankee board ruin us not you

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      • August 29, 2015 at 20:22
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        @millwallmark: If NH step's down where does he go, all the coaching job's are taken,would Millwall make position for him or would he leave the club.

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        • August 29, 2015 at 20:35
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          @jim1222: Yes leave the club and gain some proper experience then come back when we've got a chairman who really cares.

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          • August 30, 2015 at 10:20
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            @eddielarge: I am standing by NH now he has the JOB, but I thought from the outset that this job came too soon for him.

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      • August 30, 2015 at 12:54
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        @millwallmark: you and the rest who post negitive comments about the OUR CHAIRMAN , YOU NEED A PAIR BINOCULARS TO LOOK DOWN THE ROAD TO THE END OF THE QUE FOR THE AMOUNT OF PEOPLE WILLING TO PUT MONEY INTO THIS FOOTBALL CLUB , REALALLITY HE HAS PUT THE MOST MONEY IN OF ALL OUR CHAIRMAN , ITS A SHAME THE FAIR WEATHER FANS DONT ATTENED OUR GAMES THAT WOULD ALSO PUTREVENUE INTO THE CLUB LIKE US SEASON TICKET HOLDERS DO.
        ON N H THERE ARE 2 HE IS A LEDGEND AT THIS CLUB AND EVERY FAN HAS A RESPECT FOR WHAT HE ACHIEVED AS A PLAYER FOR US . I AND QUITE A FEW OF US FEEL HE IS BEING MADE A SCAPEGOAT DONT LET THIS HAPPEN HE NEEDS A MENTOR AND VERY QUICKLEY

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        • August 30, 2015 at 14:28
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          you need to turn the binoculars round mate, and just cause you type in capitals it does not make it right.
          Berylson stripped the club of its biggest asset when he let Kenny go, a decent promotion winning team could have challenged for the play offs with a bit of investment, Berylson was not interested ....he was only interested in the re-development plans.....when they were scuppered his interest in Millwall finished....people like you talk about the fabled 40 million ...where is it, he has wheeled and dealed as a business man....giving loans from one company, writing them off as tax losses etc....very little of his personal money , if any has ever been at stake....its fans like you who are standing by while the club dies, and helping the assasin to point the gun....you are the ones who will look back and regret that you were complicit when the yank played with our club.
          It cant be long now , he will be angling for an exit strategy ....like I keep saying not untill he goes will Millwall Footbal Club move forward, or even stop going backwards.....I hope he goes before we are playing Bromley in the conference, and believe me that is a real possibility.
          As regards who takes over if he gives the club away without trying to fleece it on his way out, then English Martyrs Parish Council would be a better option.........only saying

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    • August 29, 2015 at 19:59
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      @JonnyBanks: @beethoven5: The comments on this site are never worth reading when we loose - all doom and gloom.

      If you thought it was going to get turned around in a few games your the naive one!

      We have a few young talented players which a number of people on this site wanted to give a chance too last week.

      Fred, Nelson and O'brien need 40 games at this level not 45 minutes before some of you start moaning.

      All the negativity is what's dragging the players down at the den. The minute someone looses the ball were on our own players back.

      Yes it's bad at the moment - but we're just a few games in. We will do all right this season not great just alright.

      2 years from now - if we came keep the young talent we have got and see Neil grow into the job we will be a force to be reckoned with.

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      • August 29, 2015 at 20:16
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        @TURBO_COYL: behave yourself will you! Churchill would be proud of that 1!

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        • August 29, 2015 at 21:36
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          @millwalltel: Too right! If you want bad support Blackpool that's a club in free fall. Neil needs some time and a bit of respect - KBO

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          • August 29, 2015 at 21:54
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            @TURBO_COYL:
            And would you be saying the same if it was any of our previous 2 managers
            Harris is a useless tactician
            So why show respect to him and let him drag our youngsters down with him
            Like I said on a previous post worst Millwall managers record and when you look at Tutles and andersons that's saying something
            A win rate of 15% is just not good enough at any level
            He knows his out of his depth and if he loves the club he would go now.
            But every time he left Millwall to go elsewhere he was useless
            So when he is sacked there will be no where left for him to go

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      • August 29, 2015 at 20:25
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        @TURBO_COYL:

        except our talent will be sold off by then

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        • August 29, 2015 at 22:36
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          @timchimes: that'll be ten grand in the bin then .

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      • August 29, 2015 at 23:00
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        @TURBO_COYL: I thought Billy Smart went out of business many years ago, for those who don't remember he ran a circus! Step in Andy Ambler at Millwall a finance man who knows jack s*** about running a football club. He has the ear of the of the absent chairman, giving advice and probably spouting on about his business plans and restructuring etc etc and how indispensable he is. Lets be clear he was instrumental in signing donkeys like Hoyte appointing Lomas and Holloway. Dithering on when to surgically remove the bad appointments he no doubt recommended. A guaranteed recipe for disaster for any business is to appoint a finance man as a CEO. Take it from me I have been responsible for £100m per annum turnover departments in the past and been obstructed by finance directors who think they know how to run a business. Please please please all who post on here think deeper why our club is rapidly going down the toilet. It is not NH's tactics team selection, the ability of the players, the fans etc, its Ambler!! Really disappointed with that sycophantic Lions live broadcast last week. The only guy with any gonads is Joe the other two bumbling old buffons were so far up AA backside it was untrue. Unfortunately AA will continue to badly advise JB whilst continuing his own self promotion, whilst our club, NH's fledgling career and the up and coming players are being sacrificed. Where is the boards accountability to the supporters and I am not talking about the notional fan on the board. If you want proper change at this club start to press the board, have a good pop at Ambler, start a ground swell for fundamental change. Lets be Millwall again and stop taking this s**** from the board.

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      • August 30, 2015 at 12:57
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        @TURBO_COYL: GREAT POSSITIVE THINKING WE NEED MORE PEOPLE WITH THE SAME MIND SET

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  • August 29, 2015 at 18:17
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    Why oh why do the police let the away fans out with us onto South Bermondsey station? Why are they not held back like we are?

    What a joke with kids everywhere. The old bill certainly got told by me and a few others.

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