Millwall boss Harris on a “tricky spell” and why support of fans is hugely appreciated

BY JAKE SANDERS

Neil Harris admitted he was “proud” of his players despite suffering their fourth consecutive Championship away defeat at West Brom.

Millwall  controlled the first-half and had chances to take the lead, but second-half goals from Dwight Gayle and Kieran Gibbs ensured the Baggies took home the points.

The result leaves the Lions in the bottom three for the first time since August 2017 after no league victories in six outings.

“First and foremost, I am disappointed with the result, of course. I am proud of the performance. I just said to the players, when we are so good, as we were at times in the first-half the use of the ball was good”, Harris said.

“It really kicks you when you’re down and it’s a great save from Ben [Amos], a terrific save and the ball, as we are about to head it, clips the underside of the bar and goes to Dwight Gayle’s foot.

“You can’t do anything about those moments, that’s the way it is. The second goal goes straight through Mahlon Romeo’s legs, if that hits his shinpad and goes wide, then no problem. I am pleased with the players today because QPR the other night wasn’t good enough in the first-half.

“We can point to loads of things about not scoring enough goals, too many poor halves of football in my opinion over the course of the first nine games, but saw the positives today in individuals, character of the team, belief in the team and to know that once we get that first little bit of luck or performance that gets us the win, then there is plenty more to come.”

Jed Wallace and Steve Morison missed Millwall’s best chances during a dominant first-half display and Harris said his side have to improve in front of goal.

He said: “We have to be clinical and we had three good chances to score.”

Millwall failed to score for the third away game in succession and suffered their fifth league defeat in six. Despite the tricky run of form, the Lions were backed by more than 2,300 supporters at The Hawthorns. Harris was ecstatic with the turnout.

It’s the second time this week – after Queens Park Rangers –they have turned out in their numbers and, stayed until the very last minute, showing their appreciation for their players efforts.

Harris said: “I couldn’t believe it when I looked over. Let’s get it right, we are in a horrible run of games. The worst while I have been in charge, clearly. And the support they showed me, and the players was top draw.

“I never take it for granted at our football club, how good they are. But today they drove the team on, supported the team and appreciated at the end when everyone of them stayed.

“I hope they see enough in the group and I mean themselves, the board, the players that we have had a great three-and-a-half years. We are in a tricky spell and need everyone to stick together and I thought today they were outstanding. Good question, thank you for finishing on that note.”

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