Harrris: Millwall played like an 'amateur team'

NEIL Harris said his side played “five-a-side” football in their pulsating 3-3 draw at Rochdale on Tuesday night.

The Lions raced into a 2-0 lead after 25 minutes, Lee Gregory scoring his 15th goal of the season – an eighth penalty – and Aiden O’Brien his 13th. Jed Wallace and Steve Morison both missed chances with Millwall seemingly running away with the game.

But Rochdale hit back through Nathaniel Mendez-Laing and Ian Henderson before the break and took the lead in the 54th minute with midfielder Callum Camps’ low shot that beat Jordan Archer, who was back after a six-game injury absence.



Both sides continued to pour forward in search of more goals, before Millwall levelled 12 minutes from time when Wallace slammed home at the far post for his first goal in his second spell on loan at the club from Wolves.

Millwall had chances to win it, notably when Gregory raced through one-on-one only to see his low shot rebound off the legs of goalkeeper Conrad Logan.

Keith Hill’s side also had an opportunity to seal what would have been an extraordinary win, but Henderson, on a two-versus-two counterattack, had strayed offside in injury-time in the last act of the game.



“It’s a tricky one,” Harris said when asked if he was satisfied with a point given the way his team had fought back. “Standing here now on the back of being 3-2 down, drawing 3-3 when we should have won the game you’d say it was a good comeback.

“Being 2-0 up and coasting, Jed missing a one-on-one to make it 3-0, there’s disappointment.

“However good we were at certain times, I thought we played like an amateur team. My team over the course of the last three-and-a-half months hasn’t been built on playing five-a-side football. It’s been built on being solid, reliable, with good shape.

“Being 2-0 up everyone was trying to go forward and score, but that’s not how we play and I’ll be reminding the players about that.

“I want us to be free-flowing and score goals but not at the expense of giving stupid goals away.

“Having said that we get back to three-all and we have countless chances to win it. The disappointment is that we didn’t make it four or five.

“When I watch it back and see the chances and the shot count, we probably could have won it 10-6.”

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John Kelly

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