Millwall boss Harris: No excuses, we lost to the better team

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NEIL Harris insisted he and his players will take collective responsibility for the 2-1 loss at Fleetwood on Tuesday night that brought an end to their nine-game unbeaten run.

Millwall conceded from two set-pieces against Steven Pressley’s side as they lost just their second away game this season.

Eggert Jonsson put Fleetwood ahead after the Lions failed to adequately clear a corner before substitute Bobby Grant’s corner caught in the swirling wind and deceived Jordan Archer as it floated straight into the net.

Lions boss Harris admitted his side didn’t deserve to get anything from the game but refused to make excuses after the defeat.

“Certainly the second balls all over the park we didn’t quite react to,” he said. “We were reactive rather than proactive.

“I talk to the boys about aggressiveness and picking up second balls and in the conditions trying to read where the ball goes. But we were second best to it.

“However, that’s the first time in 10 games. There’s no blame culture, I just thought that collectively as a group we didn’t do enough.

“The goals we conceded were disappointing, obviously, the way we defended and attacked set plays. To concede two, one from a second phase set play and one that went directly in was disappointing but it’s a good learning curve.

“The conditions were the same for both teams but if anything the home team played the conditions better than us. It’s slightly different to what we encounter week in, week out, but no excuses.

“They used the wind slightly better than us in the first half and certainly used it better in the second half with good quality balls.

“When we had a chance, especially in the first half to show a bit of quality, we didn’t. But it’s not often that I’ve said that about my players this year, that we’ve been found wanting for quality, especially in the midfield area.”

John Kelly