MILLWALL goalkeeper Ben Amos wants a target of four points from league games this week – after Saturday’s loss to Sheffield United plunged Millwall to second-last place in the Championship.
Amos saved a penalty from Billy Sharp as Millwall came from a goal down to lead 2-1, before Blades striker David McGoldrick scored two goals in the last 11 minutes for a 3-2 win.
The Lions go to Nottingham Forest on Wednesday, before next Saturday’s game against Aston Villa at The Den.
Neil Harris had some strong words for his squad afterward the weekend's defeat, saying they needed to “stand up and be counted”.
“He’ll always tell us how it is, and at the moment we need a reaction, we need to change how things are going for us, which I think we tried to do as best we could, but decisions aren’t going for us,” Amos said.
“At the same time, we do have to take responsibility for the other goals.
“It’s a big week for us now as we need to pick up, if not maximum points, at least four points from these next two games to get ourselves up the table and change the momentum.
“It’s always disappointing after a defeat, but I try to keep myself steady whether we win or lose. It won’t change my mindset, coming in every day trying to improve in training and give my best.
“Hopefully that sees us pick up some points and go on a run.”
Amos was asked what Millwall needed to do to end their current run of seven league games without a win, and he said: “Just being more consistent and doing the things we know we’re good at. Once we have a lead we need to hold it, and we’ve done it a couple of times now where the other team has scored late. I don’t know whether that’s because we’ve given so much that we’re always holding on for the last 20 minutes.
“I believe it will come because we’re always in games, there haven’t been many when I’ve felt we’ve not had a chance of picking something up. In that respect it’s positive that you’re not getting beat 4-0 every week. We’re always in and amongst it and we just need to tighten the screw and make sure we pick up something from the next couple of games.
"There were good moments in the game, we’ve scored a great set-piece and Gregs [Lee Gregory] has scored another good goal.
“But when you score two at home you expect to get something out of the game.
“The referee has had an influence on it. I haven’t seen the other goals back but maybe there is more we can do as a team to stay as solid as the team was for the second half of last season.
“For me, personally, I’m happy that we’ve got a game coming up quickly. It’s tough when you lose and you’ve to wait for a week to put it right. A game coming quickly is a good thing in my eyes.”
Amos produced a brilliant save to tip Sharp’s spot-kick onto the crossbar (above).
He said: “It always looks better when it hits the woodwork. Me and LT [goalkeeping coach Lee Turner] do our homework, and I won’t say too much about that, but when you make a penalty save you’re just hoping it gets your team some points.
“We came out really well second half and flipped the game on its head, and it felt like we had momentum and that we were going to get another goal to kill the game off. Just as quickly the decision goes against us and then I don’t know whether we got sucker-punched, perhaps, trying to go for the win.
“I’ve not seen [the penalty decisions] back and I don’t want to get myself in trouble commenting too much on them. They did look harsh at the time. You need those decisions to go for you, especially on the run that we’re on.
“When you look at the table [the save] means nothing. The fact that I’ve done the best I possibly can, that’s all I can do.”
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