Millwall boss: Rovers defeat shows reality of where we're at in the Championship

MILLWALL boss Neil Harris said his side were “punished” for losing concentration late on against Blackburn as they saw their four-game winning run come to a disappointing end.

Rovers substitute Adam Armstrong was the difference between the sides after coming on in the 74th minute.

His cross four minutes from time produced a ricochet and the ball went in off Shaun Hutchinson.

And a minute later he ran through before cutting inside from the left and firing past Jordan Archer who got a touch to the ball with his left hand but couldn't keep it out.

Armstrong produced the only real moments of quality in a poor game.

“It was a 0-0 draw, wasn’t it? It was a 0-0 draw all the way through. I can’t really remember many chances at either end. We put some good balls in the box but didn’t really attack them,” Harris said.

“They had two or three free-kicks in the second half and a bit of pressure, but I never felt we were going to concede a goal.

“Again it was another learning curve, the reality of where we’re at in the Championship. You switch off for a moment against good sides and sides above you in the league and you’re going to get punished.

“We switched off for one moment in 88 minutes and the ball goes in our net. The last four games we’ve had the luck, we’ve had the momentum, we win the games. Today wasn’t for us.

“The second goal was disappointing because if you don’t concede straightaway you might build a little bit of momentum through injury-time and get that one chance.

“Second goal was a killer. Frustrated, definitely.”

Millwall striker Tom Elliott dislocated his shoulder in the first minute of the game.

Harris said: “Losing Tom Elliott was a big blow for us because he’s been key recently. He’s not the most beautiful of footballers on the eye but he’s important for the way we play and has a lot of first contacts.

“We certainly missed him.”

Rovers boss Tony Mowbray added: "It was a terrible game of football – I was glad I didn't have to pay to watch that."

“There is so much data out there, Millwall start with so much intensity…we were at a level where we were ready for that confrontation.

“But we forgot to play ourselves.”

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John Kelly