Millwall boss: 'We threw away a point – if not three'

NEIL Harris believes Millwall should have taken at least a point from their London derby against Brentford on Saturday. 

Romaine Sawyers scored the only goal of the game to give the Bees their first win at home in the league this season, as the Lions' wait for a first victory on the road this campaign goes on.

Lee Gregory had the ball in the net with 10 minutes left, but referee Lee Probert had already blown for a foul on Jed Wallace. Gregory saw his spot-kick saved by Dan Bentley, a former team-mate of Harris' at Southend and a goalkeeper the Lions boss believes is destined for the Premier League.

"I’m very disappointed. I think frustrated is probably the best word," Harris said. 

"Don’t get me wrong, Brentford had a lot of chances as well, I thought it was a really entertaining game at times.

"It was quite open, certainly when we were behind it was a very open game.

"You come away from home against a very good footballing side, and you want to keep a clean sheet. If you can’t keep a clean sheet you keep it down to one.

"We should be good enough and clinical enough and ruthless enough to score score goals today – and we haven’t.

"It goes back to back my original point, we have to be ruthless and clinical at every opportunity this season.

"Again, I feel there was so much good again about my team's play, individually some really strong performances.

"It’s so hard for me to praise my players in this moment because we lost a local derby 1-0.

"I’ve reflected on the game already and it’s a game we clearly should have got something out of.

"The reaction to conceding their goal, I’d always get that as a Millwall manager from my players. They are great lads, they give everything.

"Today is another game they’ll sit in the dressing room or on the bus on the way home and they’ll be disappointed they threw away at least one point today, let alone three."

Millwall are without Shaun Williams, Byron Webster and Steve Morison, the latter joining the casualty list last week with a stomach tear.

Harris said: "We are missing three or four players that make us stronger.

"We pride ourselves on working hard. Our style of play is 4-4-2 and dictates that you have to work hard when you take on sides like Brentford and Leeds and various other teams that keep the ball.

"When we regain the ball we have to run forward quickly. It’s a tough formation to play, but we’ve played it well for two-and-a-half years.

"I have players who are naturally physical and aggressive, and wide players like Shane Ferguson and Jed Wallace, for example.

"They do it because the club and myself demand it. And for the last half an hour we got stronger and stronger and I feel the subs made an impact.

"In that period, we should have had too much and I felt we did have too much for Brentford to handle.

"But we came up against a goalkeeper who is a Premier League goalkeeper. 

"I played with him and now [as manager] against him a couple of times and he is the best goalkeeper at this level.

"I was pleased with the players who came into the team. There was so much good in our play but we could have been a little bit more composed at times. We snatched at a few clearances and gave the ball away cheaply at times.

"However, we played on the front foot. They’ve done everything I have asked of them."

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