Harris makes dissatisfaction clear to players – as Millwall to decide on Wallace red card appeal

MILLWALL boss Neil Harris will look at Jed Wallace’s straight red card again before deciding whether to launch an appeal.

Wallace was sent off by referee Tony Harrington for a tackle on Tom Flanagan the in the 58th minute of the 1-0 defeat at home to Burton on Saturday, and faces a three-match ban.

It was Millwall’s fourth red card of the season.

“It was a poor challenge, a foul and a yellow card, at least,” Harris said. “What’s the rule? No one seems to know, is it a dangerous tackle, is it not?

“I need to see it on a big screen, I’ve seen it briefly on a little portable. Jed’s late, it’s definitely a foul, no questions. He’s caught the boy and the boy hasn’t made a meal of it, it’s definitely a foul.

“Did it change the game? It did in the sense it gave Burton inspiration and a positive mindset because before that there was only one side trying to win the game.

“I think I’ve been in to see about eight or nine referees this year. What’s the point?

“If we look at it and feel it’s appropriate to appeal then we will. We won’t make a rash judgement on the decision.

“In the heat of the moment I couldn’t believe when I saw the red card. I thought he had pulled the wrong card out. We have to take time to consider what we’re going to do.

“What can you do once he’s shown the red card, he’s not going to change his mind.

“You lose players for games. That’s the hardest part when you have a small squad, losing players.

“Today was a pivotal one because we’re 0-0 at home in a game we’re completely on top of. We never looked like we were going to concede a goal or lose the game.

“So that changes the complexion of the game.

“We lost Jake Cooper the other night and he’s unavailable for the game, we lost Aiden O’Brien earlier in the season and now we lose Jed, if there is no appeal.

“It’s the knock-on effect that’s the problem rather than the game itself.

“I’ve spoken to the players and they are in no uncertain terms where I’m coming from.”

Burton won after Marvin Sordell scored in the 70th minute from their only shot on target of the game.

Harris said: “It’s a poor goal to give away by us. Yes, it’s unlucky and goes through two players’ legs but it was a poor goal.

“I keep saying after every game we need to be more clinical. It’s not good enough. Attacking players get chances – not good enough.

“We’ve been in every game this year, and people have to take responsibility. We should have been in front. In previous games we should have been out of sight, going back to the first game of the season against Nottingham Forest when we had 24 shots on goal.

“People have to take responsibility and that’s the way it is.”

Harris admitted the result could change plans to give players time off during the current international break, with two weeks until the next league game, away to Sunderland.

“Maybe not now. My players know what my feelings are on the back of today’s result. I’m unhappy with the result,” Harris said.

“There was no lack of effort from my players, after we went down the 10 men they chased the abll all over the park.

“I don’t think we were brave enough in our decisions at times with 11 men and 10 men. The first goal was always going to be vital. The red card and the goal was a mountain to climb.

“I’m disappointed with the quality in the group that we haven’t scored a goal at home.”

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John Kelly