Harris issued challenge to Millwall players during international break

NEIL Harris challenged players to give their opinions on what went wrong after the 4-3 defeat to Norwich City in their last Championship game.

The Lions conceded twice in injury-time at Carrow Road, the eighth and ninth goals they have shipped after the 85th minute of league games this season.

Harris insisted there were positives, after well-taken goals from Tom Elliott, Ryan Leonard and Jed Wallace, but the late concessions extended the run on the road without a win to 11 games.

Management and squad analysed the defeat and Harris has been pleased with the response from his players ahead of the fixture against Bolton at The Den on Saturday.

Despite the disappointment going into the break and the lowly league position of 20th, Millwall are just two points off their total after the same number of games last season, before an improvement in results in December, when they lost just once in six games, was the platform for a late play-off charge.

After Bolton, the Lions face Birmingham also at home, before six games until the end of the year, three of them away.

“After the Norwich game the disappointment is we conceded two injury-time goals and lost a game from a commanding position,” Harris said. “Looking back, did we deserve to win game? Probably not. It was very even in chances so a draw probably would have been a fair result.

“But you score three goals away from home then you expect to win any game. It was the manner of conceding at the end that was frustrating.

Tom Elliott gave Millwall a 1-0 lead at Carrow Road.

"Having viewed the game again on my own and with the players, there were a huge amount of positives in what we did and how we played and the goals we scored.

“The negatives from the game we’ve reviewed with the group, challenged the players to have an opinion and we have to address those minor errors that we’re making and getting punished for at the moment, as we did last year and probably the year before. In the first half of those seasons we ironed out the creases and became a very strong unit.

“That’s certainly the aim again and the players again, as ever, respond to being questioned, respond to me asking them for answers and try to put it right on the training pitch.

“Leading up to Saturday, we couldn’t have had a better period and it’s now about putting that into action in the coming games.

“It’s a run of games we’re really looking forward to up to Christmas.”

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John Kelly