NEIL Harris slammed the “crazy schedule” after Millwall were knocked out of the League Cup by Nottingham Forest on Tuesday night.
The 2-1 defeat was Millwall’s sixth game in 18 days since the start of the season as they saw their 11-game unbeaten home run that had stretched back to February ended by the Championship club.
Shaun Williams’ goal from the centre circle cancelled out Jamie Paterson’s first-half opener before Lars Veldwijk sent Forest through to the third round with a late strike.
Harris admitted afterwards he thought his side could have gone on to win after Williams’ majestic effort, but he wasn’t too disappointed his side weren’t required to play an extra 30 minutes.
“I didn’t want extra-time, neither bench wanted extra-time,” Harris said. “It’s a crazy schedule we’re playing at the moment.
“I wanted to win the game, that’s for sure. I thought we might just build momentum after equalising and have a grandstand finish.
“But a little bit of naivety cost us tonight at times. The real thing for me, and I said it to the players afterwards, is that the attitude, desire, the way we played at times was really good.
“It was just that little bit of extra quality that was the difference between the two sides tonight in the final third.
“Forest are a possession-based team and made a lot of passing at times without going anywhere. They didn’t hurt us, especially in the first half other than the goal.
“But there were little moments, like the two goals they scored, that make a big difference and we got in much better positions than them throughout the game but just didn’t make those killer moments count with the final cross or end product.”