Millwall boss gives his verdict on 2-0 defeat to Blackburn Rovers

BY ALEX GRACE
Neil Harris admitted Blackburn were better than Millwall in the second half after seeing his side lose 2-0 at Ewood Park today. 
 
Goals from Derrick Williams and Bradley Dack secured the win for Tony Mowbray’s side as the Lions’ wait for a Championship away win since March continues. 
 
“First half we were the better team,” said Harris. “We controlled a lot of the possession.
“We worked hard during the international break on controlling the ball and around the ball.”
 
Blackburn set up with three central defenders to combat the Millwall threat.

“I was a little bit surprised by Blackburn’s formation, changing to a five at the back,” said Harris. “They made it difficult for us in the final third to create the chances.

“I’m disappointed with the goal we conceded. I was very disappointed to be behind at half time. I thought it was unjust, we didn’t deserve to be behind. It’s a great strike by a centre-half from 25 yards but we should do better in the lead-up to it.

“Blackburn were better than us in the second half. When teams are better than you, you need to stay in the game. When the game’s 1-0 you’ve always got a chance with attacking players on the pitch, even if you have to ride your luck, but we give a really poor second goal away. Players have to do what instructions they’re given to them, not what they want to do.

“We didn’t anticipate well enough in the final third in the last 15, 20 minutes to play around big Smithy [Matt Smith}. Ultimately we couldn’t get back into the game.”

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