Harris frustrated as Millwall without defender at Burton

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MILLWALL boss Neil Harris admitted to being “frustrated” with referee Dean Whitestone’s decision to book Byron Webster in Saturday’s 1-0 win over Bury at The Den.

The yellow card was Webster’s fifth of the season and he will now miss Millwall’s rearranged clash with Burton Albion on Tuesday evening.

Whitestone punished Webster after he deemed the centre-back prevented Shakers goalkeeper Daniel Bachmann from launching a counterattack in the 73rd minute with David Flitcroft’s side chasing a 1-0 deficit.

Harris felt the referee was lenient on Bury when two challenges left Jordan Archer on the deck after the goalkeeper had claimed crosses.

The Lions manager explained: “All I would say is that he’s booked Byron Webster for a coming together with the goalkeeper which, if he feels is a cynical foul because he’s delayed him releasing the ball, then that’s fine.

“But, for me, where’s the difference between the two fouls on Jordan Archer? It’s exactly the same, Jordan took a catch and went to throw but he didn’t book the centre-half. Then, another one, the boy has clattered into Jordan.

“Listen, as a centre-forward you’re entitled to go for the ball, I did so myself. But what’s the difference (between Webster’s foul) and clattering into the goalkeeper.

“So I was a little but disappointed with that but the ref will have his views and it’s not that he’s had a bad game, I’m just disappointed with that yellow card in particular. A little bit frustrated.”

With Webster and Tony Craig unavailable for the fixture at The Pirelli Stadium – which could see Burton go top with a win or Millwall move into the top six for the first time this season if they claim three points – Harris must decide whether to give Sid Nelson his first league start since the 3-1 win at Crewe on September 12.

Harris also has the option of starting Shaun Williams at centre-back alongside Mark Beevers, or playing Shaun Cummings in the centre of defence if Carlos Edwards recovers from his hamstring injury.

John Kelly