Harris satisfied after Archer's late save earns Millwall point

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NEIL Harris was satisfied with a point against Doncaster at the Keepmoat Stadium on Saturday afternoon despite letting a one-goal lead slip.

Richard Chaplow’s 37th-minute goal against his former club cancelled out Steve Morison’s opener, the striker's third goal against Doncaster this season.

Millwall started well against a side that looked unsure in a 3-5-2 formation, and they deserved to go in front through Morison’s 13th goal of the season in the sixth minute.

But Millwall couldn’t add to their advantage and Chaplow dragged his side level when he made a late run into the box to finish Andy Williams’ low cross.

Chaplow was arguably lucky to stay on the pitch in the second half after seeming to catch Byron Webster with his studs, but Harris preferred to avoid commenting on the challenge after the game.

Millwall should have retaken the lead five minutes into the second half only for the ball to take a wicked bobble on a poor goalmouth surface when it looked like Morison was about to fire home Lee Gregory’s cross.

A few minutes later Gregory was one-on-one with Thorsten Stuckmann but after the goalkeeper narrowed the angle his attempted back-heel didn’t come off.

Doncaster finished strongly, and Jordan Archer rescued a point for Millwall with two excellent late saves to deny Nathan Tyson and then Conor Grant in added time.

“It was an enjoyable game, certainly,” Harris said. “On the balance of it we’re happy with a point. There’s a tinge of disappointment in the dressing room because we were in front and we didn’t go on to win the game.

“But I think the saves, especially right at the end, balanced out the gilt-edged chances that we missed over the course of the 90 minutes.

“It’s a point gained for us, definitely. Doncaster are a good possession-based side and I thought they used the ball really well at times.

“I was really pleased with the team’s discipline, our shape, our organisation. I just thought the slight difference today to before when we’ve gone and won games away from home was when we regained the ball we didn’t always have that final end product or quality that we have had.

“Couple that with the fact we feel a little bit sorry for ourselves after a couple of refereeing decisions we felt didn’t quite go our way. But it’s certainly a point gained and an opportunity for us to build on it.

John Kelly