NEIL Harris hinted at changes against West Brom on Saturday – and is confident his side will soon start picking up positive results.
The Lions’ 2-0 defeat to QPR at Loftus Road on Wednesday night was their fourth loss in five Championship games, and they haven’t won away in the league since a 2-0 victory at Bolton on April 10.
Millwall travel to The Hawthorns this weekend with just one win in eight league games this season.
“It's a concern because we haven't won for a few weeks,” Harris said. “I’ve not been concerned because there have been various factors to our disappointing results, from late goals to issues off the pitch around the transfer window.
“However, I was disappointed in the first half because my Millwall team doesn't normally get out-run and out-fought and I thought first half we did. I look at it tactically rather than question individuals.
“What I do know moving forward is we will get better, we will get results because that is what we do every year. We start badly, and we kick on.
“I have to pick the right team Saturday at West Brom, in a difficult fixture. I will pick a team that is more Millwall-like.
“We need to get back to basics. We need to be as good and as reliable as we have been for the last three-and-a-half years.
“Let's get it right: we should have beaten Middlesbrough first day of the season. We should have beaten Leeds on Saturday. We beat Derby. We should have been out of sight against Swansea against 10 men.
“We drew at Blackburn who have proved they are a really good side. We were disappointed to lose at Sheffield Wednesday.
“We’re not a million miles away and we showed that second half. I just got it wrong first half tonight.”
Harris also explained why he partnered Lee Gregory and Tom Bradshaw up front – the latter withdrawn at half-time – the first time either Steve Morison or Tom Elliot weren’t in the starting line-up in a league game since the 1-0 defeat to Brentford last October.
“I just thought they worked quite a lot as a pair over the international break and looked really good,” Harris said. “We looked a good team in the practice sessions we did.
“I thought they looked good on Saturday when they played together for 15 to 20 minutes [against Leeds]. We wanted to get down the sides of QPR and move the ball quickly and it just didn't happen first half.”
Harris introduced Morison at half-time at Loftus Road.
Harris added: “He brought that knowhow. He brought a focal point to our attack. We hit the woodwork [through Jake Cooper] when we should score. Did we still do enough to get back in it? Sometimes we have to say well done to the opponent. Ultimately, over 90 minutes, the better team won the game.”
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