Millwall boss explains the difference between his side and Norwich after third consecutive loss

NEIL Harris said Norwich’s finishing was the difference between the sides on Saturday – but praised an “outstanding” performance from Ben Thompson.

Marco Stiepermann’s goal put Norwich ahead before Shaun Williams levelled. The Canaries scored in the 69th and 79th minutes through Christoph Zimmermann and top scorer Teemu Pukki to go back to the top of the table.

Harris was pleased with lots of aspects of his side’s display.

“That's the difference, isn't it? Let's be honest,” he said of Norwich’s finishing. “I thought we played really well, really competed well, really disciplined. Norwich had a lot of the ball without causing us many problems.

“That's the difference when you play against teams at the top, they find that moment of quality. They find their way to your goal, whether that is from really good clever play, the third was outstanding. Weight of passes, timing of passes, really, really good. As good as you will see at this level.

“But I don't expect us to concede the second goal, the second goal was poor. That hurt us. That's the difference, you think of our efforts on goal, scrambles on the line, blocked shots, blocked headers, getting around the six-yard box and not getting that final end product.

“The top teams, they put them in the net.

“I was really pleased with our start to the game. I thought we were excellent for 15 minutes, we really put them under pressure.

“We countered a few times, but lacked that composure, the final pass or final cross to get the effort on goal. The players were outstanding today, physically competed and played some good stuff, got the ball forward at the right times, forced numerous corners and looked a threat at set-plays.

“There were so many good things, but we have been beaten in a game of football and that is what hurts.”

Steve Morison assisted Williams’ goal after starting for the first time since December 15.

Harris said: “I think that is three assists in three games. What he might lack in legs, he shows leadership, composure and understanding of what is needed and he certainly brings that.

“I think there were some really strong performances today – I thought Ben Thompson was outstanding. I thought he was excellent in the middle of the park against us.

“I think there are some really good teams in the league. The league is right up there with the best I’ve seen in the Championship. What carries Norwich at the moment is their attacking threat is superior in the division. Really, really good.

“I saw Leeds last night. That was a masterclass in pressing. Sheffield United are the best team that have come here this season. I have seen some really good teams. I think Norwich have certainly got the potential – if they shore it up at the back – especially with their attacking threat, to go all the way.”

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