Boss wants to see return of 'horrible' Millwall

NEIL Harris wants Millwall to get back to being “horrible” to play against after last Saturday’s 3-1 defeat to Southend made it three League One games without a win.

Millwall have drawn their last two games at The Den, against Bradford and Coventry, and face Rochdale on Saturday with Harris looking for a response to the disappointing defeat at Roots Hall.

Harris was particularly unhappy with the way his side conceded three goals, and wants his players to regain the “good habits” that he expects from them.

Harris said: “Own goals and 30-yarders that we conceded against Bradford and Coventry, you can live with them, that’s just football, it happens. You go through little spells where they go into the net and then they won’t for long periods of time.

“I’ve got no problem with them, but the goals we conceded last Saturday against Southend were avoidable. They were frustrating for me, and on the back of Coventry, where in the first half our pressing wasn’t very good, I reminded the boys about getting back to basics. And that’s not just in a game – that’s every day, that’s good habits.

“That goes through the whole football club: standards being set, aggressive pressing which we are renowned for as a club, being horrible in our challenges.

“Our work rate has to be better than the opposition because ultimately we play quite a direct style and play on the counter attack, so we have to work harder than the opposition.

“If we aren’t doing that we’re not going to win football matches.

John Kelly