NEIL Harris has admitted he has been “too loyal” to some players after watching his side suffer a fourth successive League One defeat on Saturday afternoon.
Goals from Simeon Jackson and Franck Moussa either side of a Fred Onyedinma header gave Walsall a 2-1 victory to stretch Millwall's winless league run to six games.
“I’ve been too loyal to players,” Harris said after a defeat that dropped Millwall to 19th place in the table. “I've given people opportunities to play – not always because I've wanted to – but due to the lack of personnel. I’ll have to certainly consider changes depending on players' availability.”
The result means Millwall have conceded two goals a game in the league this season, the worst defensive record in the division.
But Harris insisted it wasn't all negative, despite another reverse.
“I’m majorly disappointed,” Harris said. “There are huge positives, though. Going forward, I thought some of our play was very, very good. We created a lot of chances, I think we just lacked the final quality to put it in the net.
“I feel we gave two chances away and let two goals in. Saying that, they weren't even full chances and the ball ends up in our net.
“The two throw-ins down the right we didn't deal with, we didn't defend the crosses, the balls in the box or the second ball. I remember Jordan Archer making a double save in the first half – other than that, I don't remember any danger anywhere near our penalty area.”
Harris added: “To concede two goals and get nothing out the game is disappointing and frustrating. I think anyone who was there Tuesday night against Port Vale saw similar patterns to today.
“The fans who traveled today were exceptional throughout the game, and they probably enjoyed watching their team, barring two 10-second moments in each half where we conceded.
“We played well with the football and without the ball, a lot of it was really good. I didn't feel there was any danger at all, but we conceded two goals.
“There have been moments that have gone against us: Tuesday night, and Rochdale with their 96th-minute penalty.
"Ultimately we've conceded goals, again. We've scored today and if we get a clean sheet we win the game, but we haven’t.”
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