Harris furious with Millwall display in Ipswich loss

NEIL Harris slammed his side’s “unacceptable” performance after Millwall conceded two minutes from time to lose 4-3 to Ipswich Town at The Den on Tuesday night.

Jed Wallace put Millwall in front in the first minute before Ipswich hit back through Joe Garner and Martyn Waghorn.

Former Lions striker Waghorn put Ipswich 3-2 up in first-half injury-time, after Aiden O’Brien had equalised for Millwall.

After Tom Elliottt made it 3-3 with 10 minutes left Millwall looked like they could win it, but Jordan Spence rose in the box in the 88th minute to head Grant Ward’s free-kick past Jordan Archer.

The result leaves the Lions still waiting for their first win in the Championship this season.

“It’s not good enough, it’s not a good enough performance here at The Den. It’s unacceptable,” Harris said.

“We had a go, yeah, scored three goals, but let four in. I could sit here and say the better team lost. Possibly, over the course of the game.

“But then again Ipswich showed their class and ability with the football at keys moments. We’ve given them four goals, we’ve given them four goals.

“We’re 1-0 up in 45 seconds. Yes, the goalkeeper should save it, it’s a horrendous effort by the goalkeeper. But we gave the ball away twice leading up to it. The second one we gave away the ball cheaply in midfield.

“The third goal we gave away the ball cheaply in midfield, and good teams are going to punish you, good players are going to punish you.

“The fourth goal is the icing on the cake. We’re back at three-all, two minutes to go at The Den, give the ball away cheaply, make a bad decision, give a corner away, give a silly free-kick away right on the edge of the box.

“And then I’ve not got the professionalism in my group, or the leaderhip in my group, to be able to defend a wide free-kick. It’s a really poor goal to give away against a non-physical Ipswich side.”

Harris also didn’t spare Archer, who let Garner’s effort in after the forward’s shot was straight at him.

“He should have saved it. He should have saved it,” Harris repeated. “At the end of the day that’s what he’s in the goal for.

“We’d been excellent in the first couple of games in our organisation, shape, discipline, it was outstanding.

“Today, for whatever reason, players played their own game, did what they wanted to do.

“I’ve seen it before, saw it at Rochdale last year when we drew 3-3. We should be winning that game tonight.

“Said to the players, positives, yes, you could put together 10 minutes of clips to show the amount of goals we scored, the chances we created, the second balls we picked up, got into wide areas and put balls into the box.

“We got ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs’ for overhead kicks, free-kicks, but it doesn’t win you games of football. Discipline, organisation, work ethic, good play, good spirit, good decisions. Good decisions are key at this level, they win you games of football.

“Tonight we were nowhere near that.”

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John Kelly