NEIL Harris was heavily critical of his players after the 5-1 defeat at Peterborough on Tuesday night, saying they were “crap” and warning some “they will have to find a new club” if they don’t change their “inflated opinion” of themselves.
Harris said he was “embarrassed” and “angry” after a capitulation that ended their unbeaten start to the season.
It was the second campaign in a row that Millwall conceded five goals at ABAX Stadium. Marcus Maddison, Paul Taylor and Gwion Edwards put the Posh 3-0 up after 20 minutes, before second-half goals from Edwards and Tom Nichols deepened the Lions’ misery.
Steve Morison – who along with strike partner Lee Gregory Harris excluded from criticism – scored in the 79th minute but there were few of the 649 Millwall fans who had made the trip north left in the stadium to see the strike.
Harris had some strong words afterwards, more than hinting that the result might change his transfer plans and that some players’ representatives are a source of annoyance.
“Some of my players I think have a little bit of an inflated opinion of themselves at present,” Harris said. “It either changes or they will have to find a new club.
“I won’t accept that performance. I won’t accept agents ringing me making demands.”
Asked what went wrong on Tuesday evening, Harris said: “Listen, my players were crap, Peterborough were excellent. Their use of the ball was excellent, their movement, their forward-running was superb. They caught us on a bad night tonight and we caught them on an excellent night.
“I’m absolutely gutted. I’m disappointed, frustrated, angry, embarrassed. That sums it up, really.
“People can make mistakes, people can have a bad night. But if you have 11 players who have a bad night – I might take my centre-forwards out of it – if you have nine players who have a bad night then you’re going to get spanked.
“If you have one or two you might get away with it and get a result. It was a harsh lesson for some of my young players out there.
“It hurts me and it’ll hurt a lot of players in my dressing room, some I’m not sure of.”
Millwall’s miserable night was capped with an injury to Shaun Hutchinson late on. The centre-back came on in the 77th minute for Shane Ferguson but went down off the ball shortly afterwards and had to be helped off by club physio Bobby Bacic.
Harris was already without Shaun Williams who received a bang to the head at MK Dons last weekend, while David Worrall was left on the bench after complaining of a tight hamstring.
Harris also warned there could be other changes before Millwall’s next League One fixture next weekend.
“I’ll pick a team on Saturday of players that are committed to playing for this club, players that I believe in and players that are going to beat Sheffield United.”
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