Millwall boss says Rotherham defender should have seen red for 'horrendous' tackle

NEIL Harris thought defender Richard Wood should have been sent off in Millwall’s 0-0 draw with Rotherham.

Millers defender Wood challenged Jordan Archer for the ball – after Ben Marshall had cleared Michael Smith’s shot off the line – and appeared to catch the goalkeeper late.

The Rotherham centre-back got away with a yellow card from referee Andrew Madley.

“I’ve seen it back on the screen,” Harris said, “I’ll comment on what I’ve seen rather than seeing two angles. From what I’ve seen it’s a horrendous challenge.

“The lad Wood jumps over, I think, Shaun Williams, two-footed to challenge Jordan Archer. Whether the ball is loose or not is irrelevant. The challenge is a nasty challenge.

“I’d have to see it from another angle. But the referee has seen the challenge and thinks the ball is there. If he has seen the challenge and he gives a foul for the challenge and a card then it has to be a red one.

“It was a big moment in the game. They played a back five and a centre-half in midfield. It can change the complexion of the game with 20, 25 minutes to go.

“I think you saw the reaction of the players, they knew what they had seen. You can normally tell from the reaction of the players, they knew what had gone on.

“It was a big call from the referee. He’s a good referee and if he’s got it wrong he’ll put his hands up and say he got it wrong.”

Lee Gregory missed a last-gasp chance for Millwall when he slid Jed Wallace’s cross wide of the post.

“It could have been so different if that had gone in,” Harris added: “I think most people came to the ground today expecting after the Lord Mayor’s show. I think that would have been Paul’s [Rotherham boss Warne] team talk after the performance and atmosphere last week.

“First half we played some really good stuff against a very difficult opponent to play against in style of play. I was relatively pleased and second half I thought we’d go and boss the game.

“But I thought second half we were poor, we weren’t brave enough with the ball, we could have controlled possession better. We never got any sustained pressure on their goal area and that’s the disappointment for me.

“Positives-wise? Clean sheet. We stood strong against the biggest team I’ve ever seen on a football pitch and probably the most direct team I’ve ever seen. They play it very well. They make it very difficult.

“I’d rather look at the positives and say 11 points from six games rather than look at the performance second half and the chance we missed at the end.”

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John Kelly