Harris wants more ruthlessness from Millwall

MILLWALL boss Neil Harris believes that a year ago his side would have lost after going a goal down at The Den, but he wants his players to be more “ruthless” in front of goal after two successive league draws.

Millwall lost their opening four League One games at The Den last season, but Aiden O’Brien’s equaliser from Steve Morison’s cross after Marvin Sordell’s first-half strike put Coventry ahead on Saturday ensured they stretched their unbeaten run at home in the league to 13 games.

“Badford, Coventry, earlier in the season would we have come back into those games and got at least a point? No, we probably would have gone on and got beat 2-0,” Harris said.

“So I’m delighted with the character in the group, but it’s up to me to sharpen them up a little bit and get back to making good decisions. That’s probably the key, for periods in the last two games we haven’t made good decisions with the ball.

“You have to look at the positives, we weren’t at our best but we fought back again. We know this can be a tough place as a home team to fight back.

“I’m delighted with the spirit in the group, at half-time we were able to rally and come back and score a quality goal. But we didn’t quite build momentum in the last 15 minutes to create as many chances as we needed to.

“It was an excellent goal, two quality goals, their one was a great strike. Our one was what we’re good at: regaining the second ball, counter-attacking, ball forward, Steve makes a good decision and Aiden’s movement is superb. The finish is high quality.

“I think we upped it enough to win the second half but showed a little bit of a lack of ruthlessness to go on and win the game.

“There were countless times that we won headers in the box from set-pieces and crosses but we didn’t put the ball in the net. That’s something we’ve certainly got to look at, being more aggressive and ruthless.

“But, again, there was no lack of effort from the team – that was clear to see. There was a real desire to get back in the game, lots of running and tackling. We were a bit sloppy in the first half but in the second we made better, clearer decisions and we looked a much better team.”

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John Kelly