Boss: Millwall striker 'dejected' after penalty misses

MILLWALL boss Neil Harris didn’t criticise Lee Gregory for two late penalty misses against Oldham on Saturday, but said the striker was “dejected” after spurning the chances to give his side three points at Boundary Park.

Gregory saw a 90th-minute spot-kick saved by Connor Ripley before the goalkeeper guessed right again in the 95th minute to earn his side a point.

“It’s down to the players on the pitch (to decide who takes them),” Harris said. “Lee is a competent young man. When he missed the first one he was brave enough to take the second one.

“He’s a little bit dejected at the moment but you saw the reaction of my players afterwards, there’s great spirit among the group.

“We’ll pick Lee up and dust ourselves down. There’s a little bit of frustration at the end at not winning the game, but it’s another point gained, another clean sheet, another game unbeaten.”

There were some doubts the game would go ahead after incessant rain made areas of the pitch, including the goal mouths, close to unplayable.

But Harris insisted Gregory would not point to the conditions as a reason for his misses.

“Lee will have no excuses for not scoring one of the two,” Harris said. “If you’re brave enough to put yourself forward then you’re brave enough to miss. No qualms with that.

“I was delighted with moments of our second-half display. We limited Oldham to very few shooting opportunities. I think Tom King has made one save in the second half low down through a crowd of bodies from 20 yards.”

The dropped points mean Millwall are still outside the play-off places, but they stretched their unbeaten run to 15 games in all competitions and have now kept eight successive clean sheets.

Harrsi said: “We looked solid again on a difficult afternoon. There were sliced clearances, a bobbling pitch and difficult opposition to play against because they are defensively minded.

“But we stood strong and never really looked in danger of conceding.

“Ultimately we’re frustrated we haven’t got the points but we’ll move on to the next one.

“We’ve a revenge mission against Peterborough United on Tuesday night ahead of us.”

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