Harris: Millwall were below best and we need to look at why

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NEIL Harris said he and his management team will examine their preparations for last Saturday’s disappointing scoreless draw at Colchester after admitting the performance was below par.

The Lions never matched the level they achieved in the 2-0 win over Burton Albion last Monday.

Harris said some of his squad failed to adequately focus on the clash with Kevin Keen’s side following the high of the win over the Brewers.

Millwall missed chances to win the game at the weekend when U’s goalkeeper Elliott Parish saved from Chris Taylor and Lee Gregory either side of the break and Taylor hit the post.

And Harris wants to ensure the squad are fully concentrated on the task of beating Shrewsbury this weekend to keep their play-off ambitions on track.

“We were way below our best and I need to look at our preparation, look at my players and decide why we looked lacklustre at times,” Harris said.

“If you’re a professional you should be able to deal with the plaudits that come with a really excellent performance live on TV and then immediately focussing on the next one.

“I’d question some of my young players as to whether their focus was correct during the week and whether they prepared correctly for the game.

“I don’t think we were on the front foot from early on winning second balls and I don’t think we showed the foresight or anticipation we showed last Monday.

“We have no divine right to come to Colchester and win, just because they’re sitting second bottom. But I expect my team to perform better than they did and I expected them to win the game.

“But it was another clean sheet and another point gained. We’ll focus now on beating Shrewsbury on Saturday to make that a really good point.”

Harris named the same side that beat Burton for the clash at Weston Homes Community Stadium and revealed after the fixture that Jimmy Abdou wasn’t fit enough to start after returning from international duty with Comoro Islands with flu.

John Kelly