Millwall caretaker gives nothing away about full-time job after late drama at Brentford

ADAM Barrett insists he doesn’t know what is going to happen with the managerial situation at Millwall after seeing his side blow a two-goal lead as they lost 3-2 to Brentford.

Caretaker boss Barrett was asked if he knows if a decision is imminent, with the Lions having a quick turnaround to their home game against Cardiff on Tuesday.

Barrett is on a three-man shortlist with Gareth Ainsworth and Gary Rowett to replace Neil Harris.

“I honestly don’t know, I haven’t been told,” Barrett said. “I don’t know what the situation is. All I was told was to prepare the team for the Leeds and Brentford games.

“The work behind the scenes and the application has been outstanding for the last two weeks. We’ve worked extremely hard and tried to prepare the team as best as we can. Everyone’s done that.

“We put ourselves in a great position today and should have seen it out and we haven’t, we’re bitterly disappointed with that.

“As far as moving forward I don’t know what the situation. I’ve been concentrating day-to-day making sure we’ve been preparing as best we can. That’s all I’ve been focussed on.”

Tom Bradshaw’s fifth goal of the season and Jed Wallace’s penalty, his second in two games from 12 yards, gave Millwall a 2-0 lead.

Jay Dasilva gave the hosts hope when he drilled home a low shot from 20 yards with seven minutes left before Bryan Mbeumo’s 88th-minute effort deflected in off Murray Wallace.

Ollie Watkins tapped home the winner for Brentford in injury-time.

Barrett said: “I couldn’t believe it, to be honest. I thought at 2-0 at that time in the game we looked very comfortable, they’d almost run out of ideas.

“The first goal was crucial and I’m very disappointed with that because it’s from a throw-in. The set-up wasn’t quite right and we allowed the shot.

“That changes the whole momentum of the game and gave them belief.

“The second shot was a wicked deflection that loops in and their tales are really up then. It’s extremely disappointing we didn’t see the game out. That’s something we’ve got to get better at.

“At 2-0 up away from home in this division you have to see that game out.

“The first goal changes the momentum. That’s something we’ll have to look at and they’re the details at this level, if you don’t get the set-up right you can get punished.

“We’ve been punished today.”

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John Kelly