Millwall boss expresses disappointment after Walsall defeat

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NEIL Harris expressed his disappointed after his Millwall side were defeated by Walsall at The Den on Saturday afternoon.

The Lions slipped to a third successive home defeat in all competitions as Milan Lalkovic’s goal was the difference between the two sides after the striker was let in by a defensive error.

And Harris said his side should have got something out of a game where they created numerous opportunities in the second half.

“I thought we deserved something out of the game,” Harris said. “I’m disappointed that we went behind, Walsall are a good footballing side they had a lot of possession between the two boxes, but they never hurt us leading up to the goal.

“We had two really good chances to go in front, we haven't taken them and then we got punished by a really poor goal, again

“The ball was straight down the middle of the park is disappointing, then you’re changing the game a little bit.

“We regrouped at halftime, I asked he boys to be a little bit more aggressive with pressing the ball and I thought we done it really well during the second half.

“I thought when we had the ball in the first half we didn't use it particularly wisely or in a calm manner, second half we certainly made the extra pass took the extra touch and got in better areas, we had numerous balls in the box and created loads of chances.

“But we could have probably played until Monday in that game and not score.”

Despite his disappointment at the defeat, Harris feels his side deserved something out of the game, and should be talking about earning a point form the game, if it wasn't for conceding a "poor goal."

Harris said: “I said to the guys after, we should be sitting here talking about a goalless draw against a really good team, and be really frustrated we haven't won the game, we got nothing out of it, because of one concentration lapse in the centre of defence that cost us a goal.

“They are a good footballing team between two penalty areas, it'll be interesting to see the stats when they come through, I think they are a good footballing side that make a lot of passes.

“I'm disappointed we got beat because if Walsall make ten passes and cut you open and slot a nice ball through and put it in the net, then you can say well done, it’s a lovely goal.

“But a 70-yard ball up the field, straight down the middle, past my centre-half is a poor goal to give away."