STEVE Morison said it was the “same old story” as Millwall created chances but didn’t take them as Derby struck clinically to win 3-0 at Pride Park on Saturday.
Millwall started well and could have gone ahead but Lee Gregory saw Curtis Davies clear his shot off the line before Aiden O’Brien fired over.
David Nugent scored a brace and Matej Vydra got one as the Lions were punished for five minutes of slackness in the first half.
“I thought we started the game quite well and had the better chances, but we didn’t take them away from home, as usual,” Morison said. “They had three or four chances and scored three of them.
“It was disappointing. We were better second half but gave away some chances on the counter-attack which we were always going to do. But we had a few more chances and again didn’t score them. It’s the same old story, we matched a good team apart from a small spell when we were naïve and didn’t manage the game well. There were individual errors and we lost a game away from home.
"Maybe it was just getting ahead of ourselves, too confident. We’ve been doing well. There’s a fine line: we know what we are, we know what we’re about and if we step away from that, we ain’t good enough to compete with teams like that at their games.
"We’ll take it on the chin and we have to go again Tuesday."
Despite being 3-0 down, Millwall never stopped working and Scott Carson made two excellent saves in the second half to deny O’Brien and Gregory.
“That’s never going to drop,” Morison said about their work rate. “We’re based on that.
“We were sloppy. We made some bad decisions, didn’t manage the game very well. We were naive but for a lot of our players, they’re young. They’ve got to learn and deal with it, realise that if you’ve just conceded the last thing you’re going to do is concede in a couple of minutes again. It’s a learning curve and we’ve got to learn quickly.”
Millwall will have to recover quickly after their setback, with table-topping Wolves visiting The Den on Boxing Day.
“Everyone said when Leeds came they’d already won the league, the amount of press they were getting after their start to the season, and we put them to bed,” Morison continued. “Same with Norwich, same with Middlesbrough, same with Sheffield United.
“So we’ve had some great results there, taken a lot of the good teams down there and hopefully we can do the same again Tuesday.”
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