NEIL Harris felt a 76th-minute goal by Steve Morison that was ruled out for a foul by Lee Gregory should have stood as Millwall cruelly lost at Nottingham Forest.
Morison was already celebrating in front of Lions fans when referee Peter Banks surprised most people in the ground by ruling Gregory had impeded Forest stopper Jordan Smith.
Millwall created more than 20 goal-scoring opportunities against Forest, but Morison hit the crossbar in the first half, Smith made several saves, and Gregory shot over with the goal gaping in the 51st minute.
Mark Warburton’s side won it through Barrie McKay’s vicious 41st-minute shot.
Harris was pleased with Millwall’s performance, and admitted he would review the decision to chalk off the goal, having spoken to Banks after the final whistle.
“He said it was a foul by Gregory on the goalkeeper,” Harris said. “I’ve watched it back, it was momentum both ways and if anything the goalkeeper runs into Greggors.
“If he’s going to give fouls like that he has to give a dozen penalties to us. If he’s going to give a foul for that he has to give a foul every time. But he didn’t. All we ask for as managers is consistency.
“Both benches, both analysts, Sky Sports have all said it was a goal. Not everyone can be wrong.
“I said to him I’ll review it and if he’s wrong I’ll tell him, if he’s right then no problem. It’s disappointing because we’ve dominated against a really good Nottingham Forest side for nigh-on the whole game.
“We’ve been beaten by a really good goal but we could have come off having won by six or seven.
“The players executed the game plan perfectly, it was a really strong performance. We didn’t just sit off and let them play, we pressed at the right times. When we regained the ball we didn’t just put it forward like we did a lot last year, we played and worked our way into good positions and created good chances.
“I said to the guys what a good performance it was collectively and individually, but, I’ll be honest with them, I’m disappointed because we didn’t get a result.
“At this level, and certainly the next one up, you have to be clinical. You have to take your chances.
“It’s a good performance but we’ve got nothing to show for it whatsoever except a pat on the back.
“We have to be more ruthless.”
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