Harris: Williams said sorry for red card in Millwall loss

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MILLWALL boss Neil Harris revealed Shaun Williams apologised to his team-mates in the dressing room after the 2-1 defeat to Coventry.

Williams was sent off for a headbutt on Sky Blues midfielder Ruben Lameiras with Millwall leading 1-0 at the Ricoh Arena through Byron Webster’s goal.

Harris was forced to bring on Jimmy Abdou for Shane Ferguson as Millwall were pressed into defending for long spells as Coventry kept possession.

And John Fleck and substitute Marcus Tudgay scored two second-half goals to earn Coventry a first win in seven games.

“My first thought is that it’s a red card,” Harris said of Williams’ 27th-minute sending off. “I’ll take my time to have a look at it on TV, with the different angles, and digest it. But if it’s head to head we’ve got no complaints.

“The boy will be distraught and disappointed for himself as well as everybody else.

“He has apologised. I haven’t spoken to him about it yet but he has apologised to the group. He’s a senior player and he’ll dust himself down. The biggest disappointment is his suspension.”

Even with 10 men Millwall had their chances to equalise. Ed Upson saw one effort cleared away close to the line, before Joe Martin arced a left-footed shot towards the top corner from 20 yards that forced Reice Charles-Cook into a full-length save to tip the ball over the bar.

Harris was pleased with the spirit his side showed, but felt Millwall shouldn’t have conceded the second goal, when Tudgay found just enough space in the box to get to the ball before Jordan Archer and slide home Coventry’s winner. Nine minutes earlier Fleck had curved a long-range shot around Archer for the equaliser.

“For 30 minutes we were excellent, our game plan was coming to fruition, we were happy for them to have the ball and counter attack,” Harris said.

“I thought we were really dangerous and deserved to be in front. And I thought even with 10 men up to the equaliser that we were solid and limited their chances to long-range shooting.

"Then (Fleck) puts one into the top corner from 25 yards, it was a hell of a strike.

“They’ve got some really good technical players, we’ve seen that all season, but they’ve just had a little bit of lack of form recently.

“Coventry and the likes of Wigan and Walsall are the types of teams you don’t want to be facing with 10 men. But the second goal is one we shouldn’t be conceding even with 10 men.

“I was disappointed with that goal but I’m really proud of my players, not just the performance but the fact that we should have got something out of the game.”

John Kelly