Millwall boss frustrated as Lions miss top-six chance after Ipswich draw

NEIL Harris was frustrated as Millwall missed the chance to climb into the play-offs after they squandered a host of late chances before drawing 2-2 at Portman Road on Monday.

Millwall were in control at the break after Jake Cooper’s header had put them ahead, before Ipswich completely turned the game around in two second-half minutes. Martyn Waghorn was credited with getting the last touch after a goalmouth scramble, before the same player rounded Jordan Archer and rolled the ball home.

George Saville scored to make it 2-2 after an hour and Lee Gregory, Aiden O’Brien – whose effort came back off the post – Jed Wallace and Mahlon Romeo all missed late chances.

“I’m quite frustrated, I’ve got to be honest,” Harris said. “Ipswich made the game what it was, a counter-attacking game. It was very open, they left players up the pitch at every opportunity.

“Sometimes when the game is going to be like that it's about who scores the most, and you’ve got to make sure you score more than the opposition.

“It’s hard to criticise my players because of the run we’re on and the form that we’re in. But if I want to set standards at this football club I can tell them and did tell them afterwards that wasn’t good enough.

“We should have won that game. Today we missed countless opportunities. Their goalkeeper was excellent, he’s one of the best in the division.

“We gave two poor goals away and as an attacking team we then have to get the defence out of a hole. We should have scored seven in the last 10 minutes and not to get one was criminal."

Ipswich drew level when Waghorn was adjudged to have got the last touch as several players scrambled for possession in the six-yard box, before the forward took advantage of Cooper's poor back-pass.

Harris said: “My players thought the goalkeeper had two hands on the ball at some stage, but it was such a scramble.

“The two goals were avoidable. We let a very talented boy [Cole Skruse] with great shooting ability shoot 20 yards out unopposed. The goalkeeper pushes the ball straight down the middle of the park and then there are three of our players around the ball and two of theirs and the ball somehow ends up in the back of our net.

“The second goal was a poor mistake by Coops, but having said that we give very few goals away individually, hence why we had the third best defensive record coming into the game.

“We have to get the defence out of a hole but fell short.”

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John Kelly