NEIL Harris said Millwall “were by far the better team” in their 1-0 loss against Fleetwood at Highbury Stadium on Monday.
Harris said his side should have been “four or five goals up” before Cod Army defender Ben Davies scored what proved to be the winning goal in first-half added time when he headed George Glendon’s free-kick past Tom King.
Ben Thompson and Lee Gregory had already hit the post as Millwall created seven clear scoring chances in the first 25 minutes when they also won eight corners.
Jake Cooper saw a second-half header saved by man-of-the-match Alex Cairns and Gregory had a shot cleared off the line as Fleewood somehow survived with their goal intact to move to within a point of Bolton and automatic promotion.
Harris was pleased with how his side played, but felt it was “criminal” they couldn’t get the goals their dominance should have merited.
“I thought we were outstanding at times,” Harris said. “I thought we were by far the better team over the course of the 90 minutes.
“We played some of the best attacking football we’ve played on the road this year, if not all season.
“I think the only game we created more chances than that was Bury away when we won the game.
“It’s criminal we weren’t four or five goals up before we conceded. And it was criminal we couldn’t get the ball into the back of the net in the last 15 minutes.
“We’ll learn from the 15 minutes before half-time when we conceded and weren’t at our best. But the rest of the game we were outstanding.
“It’s a disappointed dressing room because we didn’t get the result, but I said to them I was really pleased with the focus and the performance.”
The Lions remain in sixth place in League One with two games left. Southend missed the chance to climb above their rivals after losing 2-1 at home to MK Dons.
Rochdale and Bristol Rovers are also still in contention for a top-six place, but Millwall know if they win their last two games they will finish fifth or sixth and secure a place in the play-off semi-finals.
Harris admitted it was a relief when they found out the score from Roots Hall that kept their fate in their own hands.
“That’s a boost,” he said. “You come in and you think Southend are going to have won the game playing at home.
“But we don’t want to have to rely on other people, we want to rely on ourselves.”
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