NEIL Harris felt Millwall didn’t deserve to lose after Southend became the fifth away side to emerge victorious at The Den this season.
Goals either side of the break gave the Shrimpers a 2-0 win as the Lions endured another hugely frustrating afternoon at home.
Southend registered just two shots on target over the 90 minutes, but David Mooney and Adam Barrett gave Jordan Archer no chance with two clinically taken goals.
Millwall, in contrast, had 13 efforts on goal, with six on target, but found Daniel Bentley in brilliant form for the away side.
And the Millwall boss felt the goalkeeper was the difference between the teams.
Harris said: “I’m frustrated because we’ve lost another home game. We weren’t excellent but we didn’t deserve to lose the game.
We made two mistakes and switched off twice and that has cost us.
“They have a top-class goalkeeper who will be gracing the Premier League very soon. He has won them the game of football.”
Harris revealed afterwards that he possibly should have “mixed it up” after naming the same side that beat Port Vale last Tuesday night.
This was Millwall’s third game in seven days but Harris felt the players who had produced Millwall’s best performance of the season at Vale Park deserved to stay in the side.
“We had a terrific week, an excellent week,” he said. “We were so much looking forward to coming back here.”
“We had spoken about setting standards, high standards with good quality.
“I can’t fault the boys on effort, the spirit is terrific. Jordan has not had to make a save the whole game and has to pick the ball out of the net twice.
“As ever at The Den everything seems to end up in our net. Going the other way our quality in the final third wasn’t as good as it has been recently.
“That was clear to see and certainly a frustration and I hold my hands up, maybe I should have mixed it up today, maybe I should have put fresh legs out at the start.
“We monitored the boys Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and they were good. So we wanted to reward good performances and try to keep a settled sided, which we have been craving.
“But today maybe this was a game too far for some of the players.”