Millwall boss: 'We dominated Hull City – but gave away poor goals'

NEIL Harris felt his side “dominated” Hull City on Saturday but criticised the defending that allowed Nigel Adkins’ side to score twice at The Den.  

Kamil Grosicki gave the Tigers a sixth-minute lead after being found in the box by Jarrod Bowen, before Lee Gregory headed in a 22nd minute equaliser.

Millwall dominated the early stages of the second half and Aiden O’Brien put them 2-1 in front with a precise shot from outside the box into the bottom corner.

But the Lions failed to build on that advantage and Markus Henriksen headed the visitors level in the 73rd minute.

Only two sides have conceded more goals in the Championship this season than Millwall.

“I thought we dominated from start to finish. Shots count, set-pieces, crosses, aerial duels, foot races, tackles, shots on goal – we dominated everything. Scoreline says 2-2, and that’s the bottom line,” Harris said.

“We can’t keep scoring goals at one end and conceding at the other, we have to get back to noughts and ones. We conceded one last week and it was an excellent result at Bristol City.

“We have to get back to that because at the moment…to come from behind at The Den is not always easy, we got ourselves in front and are absolutely dominating the game and then two free headers in our penalty area. I can’t remember another free header for Hull only for them. Individually that’s not acceptable.

“Mentally they’ve got to be better. When you’re defending, my man doesn’t touch the ball, my man doesn’t score. That’s all it is. I learned that at a very young age.

“The first goal was poor, a player switches off, and he’s put his hand up for it.

“But the second one was just too easy. It’s the same back four today. We work all week on having a game plan and giving the players confidence and trying to make things simple for them. I think we saw a simple Millwall performance, like last week at Bristol City, but a Millwall performance that completely dominated Hull.

“We scored two and could have had more, should have had more end product in the final third, but certainly shouldn’t have conceded two goals today.”

Hull boss Adkins ended a three-game losing streak as a manager against Millwall.

He said: "It’s a good point away from home. Millwall is always a challenging place to come to and we knew that before the game. We knew we had to be competitive.

"Obviously Neil’s comments beforehand, they were going to get back to the way Millwall play, so we knew the ball was going to be coming into the box and we’d have to defend it well.

"Obviously it was going to be a big ask, especially when we played young Brandon Fleming making his [league] debut at left-back. He’s from the academy system. We’ve had a lot of injuries, I played him and I thought he was superb, he did really, really well.

"We got off to a good start, Kamil Grosicki on the counter attack, it was a really good goal.

"From our point of view it was competitive. From our point of view it was a poor goal for the equaliser, we’ve got to stop the cross coming in.

"Millwall started the second half really well, they pinned us back and it was really challenging for us. They’ve gone and scored and we’ve had to hang in there, make a little change and it was a good goal from the corner from Henriksen after the first header from [Jordy] de Wijs.

"It’s a good result away from home and underlines the spirit we’ve got in the team with all the squad contributing."

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John Kelly