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Millwall boss: Missed chances cost us result

NEIL Harris felt Millwall should have got a result against Sheffield Wednesday after his side missed a number of second-half chances at Hillsborough before losing 2-1.

The Lions went in trailing at the break after Jordan Rhodes’ goal put the Owls ahead for a second time. Tom Elliott had equalised in the 13th minute following Adam Reach’s third-minute opener.

Shane Ferguson, Jed Wallace and Jake Cooper all had good chances to level before Cooper was sent off in the last minute of injury-time.

“Sheffield Wednesday were excellent for the first 20, 25 minutes and really showed their quality,” Harris said. “Don’t get me wrong, I thought we helped them out the first 25 minutes, I thought our shape was poor and decisions when to press the ball were really poor. That was unlike us.

"Then we got a foothold back in the game and I thought we were excellent leading up to the second goal. We looked the more dominant side but it was a poor goal for us to give away from a set-play. You can’t give top players like Jordan Rhodes an opportunity in the box from eight yards out.

"That deflated us a little bit. The boys were disappointed at half-time but I reminded them of a few things and where we’re at and how well we’ve done.

"I thought in the second half we were excellent. For 30 to 35 minutes I thought we were in control of the game and looked the more dangerous side.

"Fergie should score, Jake Cooper should score at least once. They were key moments."

Harris rested Lee Gregory and Steve Morison before introducing them in the second half.

“We were chasing the game and made the subs, played a lot more aggressive and it could have cost us a third goal but that’s the risk you have to take,” Harris said.

“The subs didn’t quite have the impact we hoped but there are plenty of positives tonight. It’s just disappointing we didn’t get anything out of the game based on the second half.”

Cooper’s red card for two bookings means he is now suspended for Saturday’s clash with Burton Albion at The Den.

Harris added: "Jake is naive, I can't protect the lad on that. It's a really stupid decision in the 93rd minute to give the referee an opportunity to send him off."

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John Kelly

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