Harris: "Naïve decisions" cost Millwall in Iron defeat

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NEIL Harris said Millwall’s lack of quality in possession cost them in their 2-0 defeat to Scunthorpe that brought them crashing back down to earth after three successive away wins.

An error from Sid Nelson in the 17th minute gifted the Iron the chance to take the lead, and veteran Gary McSheffrey didn’t pass up the opportunity as he finished past Jordan Archer.

Millwall had missed an early chance to go in front when Conor Townsend cleared off the line after Byron Webster had nodded towards goal.

The Lions’ hopes of getting back into the game were hampered by the departure through injury of Ed Uspon just before the break.

Aiden O'Brien (above) could have brought Millwall level five minutes after half-time only for Luke Daniels to make a point-blank save. The best chance in the second half fell to Lee Gregory, who dinked the ball over Daniels but just wide of the far post.

Webster saw a late chance saved by Daniels before Jim O’Brien sealed the win for Scunthorpe, his second against Millwall this season after he scored in Coventry’s win at The Den in August.

“In a young group you get naïve decisions and I thought that was clear at times,” Harris said. “Once Ed went off we didn’t really adjust and maybe didn’t take the instructions as well as we could have.

“But that’s why we’re here, it’s a learning curve. The players will learn, especially from nights like tonight. They’ll definitely learn from this experience.

“I think a big disappointment was our use of the ball in possession, we didn’t use it wisely. We didn’t use the ball as well as we have done in recent weeks.

“That was a disappointing factor. I thought we gave it away too cheaply. Having said that we created some really good chances but we weren’t as clinical as we have been in recent weeks.

“Couple that with getting punished for an individual mistake for the first goal and it just kept us on the back foot.

“I thought there were also key moments at 0-0, the ball cleared off the line, and then Lee produced a great bit of skill to chip the goalkeeper but it just went the wrong side of the post at 1-0.

“They were key moments in the game that could have changed the atmosphere in the stadium.”

Meanwhile, Harris confirmed Upson is a doubt for the clash against Peterborough next weekend. The midfielder will be assessed on Tuesday for potential hamstring damage.

John Kelly