Millwall boss rages as he labels second-half performance at Norwich a 'disgrace'

NEIL Harris branded Millwall’s second-half performance in their 2-1 defeat at Norwich a “disgrace” and said he was “fuming” with his side after they let a goal lead slip at Carrow Road.

Steve Morison gave the Lions a 44th-minute lead with a superb dipping shot from 30 yards.

But Norwich levelled seven minutes after half-time through Tom Tryball's looping header from James Maddison's free-kick.

Josh Murphy hit the bar for the hosts before, with 13 minutes remaining, Maddison raced onto Alex Pritchard's through-ball to find the bottom corner.

The result means Millwall are still without an away win this season.

“I’m fuming, raging with my players,” Harris said. “To have weathered a storm after the first 20 minutes, to deny a really good football team so few opportunities inside 20 yards of our goal and get our noses in front with a brilliant strike before half-time, the job is half done.

“To concede two goals in the manner that we did…the second-half performance was a disgrace from my players. I won’t butter it up any other way.

“We didn’t get near enough to the ball. The first goal was abysmal by us, to concede a free header from a free-kick from that position is not acceptable.

“I’ve left the players in no uncertain terms what my thoughts are about that second half.

“Anyone who thinks that Millwall had a good December and good Christmas period and that’s good enough is wrong, while I’m in charge. That’s unacceptable, we need to be better than that.”

Asked what went wrong after half-time, Harris said: “Concentration, focus, leadership, all the things that are fundamental when you play at home, certainly at this level, you cannot give good teams and good players a leg up.

“Norwich’s play is based around lovely football, nice patterns, playing between the lines and getting tap-ins from six yards out. If you give away a goal from a set-piece against Norwich you’ve got big problems.

“My players have been brilliant for me over the course of the season and over the course of the last few games. They have been outstanding.

“But I won’t let players drop their standards and that’s what they did in the second half.”

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