Millwall's Harris: 'We lacked fight in the first half'

MILLWALL boss Neil Harris said he took responsibility for the set-up of his side as they conceded two first-half goals to lose to London rivals QPR. 

Massimo Luongo and ex-Lions forward Ebere Ezere scored within two first-half minutes and Steve McLaren's side rarely looked like surrendering that lead.

Steve Morison came on at the break, and Jake Cooper hit the crossbar with a header early in the second half, but the Lions didn't do enough to trouble their opponents.

"I'm hugely disappointed, I take full responsibility for picking the XI I did and the tactics in the first half," Harris said. "I'll hold my hands up and say I got it wrong, no problem with that.

"What I will bemoan is my players' lack of fight in the first half. We played a London derby against a QPR side that were up for it and played aggressively and on the front foot, and used the ball better than us.

"We weren't Millwall enough, but ultimately we lost 2-0 to two really, really crap goals.

"I need to review the game. QPR started like a team that's on form. They put the ball into really good areas, used the ball better than us. I can think straightaway of four players who passed the ball off the pitch for us unopposed.

"We didn't get the ball in the right areas. The first set-piece we got we put behind the goal. It wasn't good enough. The second half we brought the captain on and had a little bit more leadership. It certainly wasn't any slight on Tom Bradshaw, he was probably one of our better players in the first half.

"But we needed to be more Millwall-like and the second half I thought we were better."

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John Kelly