Harris says Millwall were "robbed" as Swindon rescue point

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MILLWALL boss Neil Harris was unhappy with referee Kevin Wright’s decision to give a penalty against Carlos Edwards as the Lions let a two-goal lead slip against Swindon.

Nicky Ajose scored from the spot in the 63rd minute after Edwards was deemed to have fouled Raphael Rossi-Branco in the box.

Millwall had gone two goals up inside 11 minutes through Lee Gregory and Steve Morison.

But Ajose’s 20th goal in his last 22 games halved the deficit before Michael Doughty broke Millwall hearts with a headed equaliser in the last minute of injury time.

Harris was upset afterwards with Wright’s performance, feeling he was too quick to penalise his side, but was pleased with Millwall’s display.

“I’m really frustrated,” Harris said. “We easily did enough to win the game and I feel we got robbed with the result. The referee gave a really soft penalty to change the swing of the game.

“At the end lady luck has deserted us. The ball’s been swung into the box and it falls to the Swindon player who heads it in.

“I thought my players were excellent throughout, their attitude to work and the way they dealt with adversity through a referee that gave us no protection, gave us no decisions whatsoever.

“I thought my players handled themselves with real discipline and I thought our organisation and shape was as good as it’s been this season.

“We comfortably deserved to win the game.

“We did for 90 minutes what we set out to do. We always planned to sit off and let Swindon have the ball, then win it back and counterattack.

“We scored two really good goals and missed two other really good chances to see the game out.

“The game plan was spot on but what you can’t (legislate for) is soft decisions and an unfortunate ricochet at the end.

“The only criticism is we could have used the ball slightly better in the second half on the counterattack than we did.

“The ruthless, clinical side just deserted us at times but that probably comes from tiredness after a resolute defensive performance.

“For all the play that Swindon had, all the ball that they had, Jordan Archer has not had too many saves to make leading up to the first and second goal.”

John Kelly