Millwall boss says Lions should have got penalty – and praises 'outstanding' Hutch

MILLWALL boss Neil Harris revealed Lee Gregory needed six stitches in a head wound after the striker was caught high by Tom Huddlestone in the box in the Lions’ 0-0 draw against Derby.

Gregory was injured as he tried to get his head to Jed Wallace’s cross, and Harris felt his side should have been awarded a penalty for the incident.

Millwall claimed another penalty late on when Shaun Hutchinson – who had earlier produced a stunning block to deny Matej Vydra a certain goal – thought his shot in the area hit a Derby hand.

Harris, though, was pleased with the point against Gary Rowett’s second-placed Rams.

“Derby are a very good team, they’ve got great experience, make really good decisions on the football and execute those decisions really well,” Harris said.

“It’s fantastic point for us here at The Den. They might have had a little bit more quality but we created the best chances.

“It’s hard to tell was it handball on the line, the players said it was but you can’t tell on the TV angle I’ve seen. But before that the ‘keeper makes a fantastic save from Jed Wallace, and Tom Elliott should score.

“In the first half I think the referee makes a really poor decision, it’s a penalty kick. He’s gone for the ball, the player, but we talk about dangerous play in the modern game. If my player getting six stiches at half-time caused by a stud in the head isn’t dangerous, intentional or not, then I don’t know what is.

“I spoke to Keith Stroud, the fourth official. He said he didn’t see him coming. That’s true, but it’s still dangerous play, you’re not allowed have your foot that high on a football pitch anymore.

“I was really disappointed with that, it was a big moment in the game.

"However, I don’t want to focus on that, I want to focus on a really solid clean sheet for us. I thought Shaun Hutchinson was outstanding and Fred Onyedinma when he came on gave us a real spark.

“At key moments is when you want your key players, and Hutch has had an outstanding season so far. He showed his importance to us and I thought he put in a real captain’s performance.”

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John Kelly

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