Neil Harris disappointed at manner of goals conceded in Millwall’s defeat at Hull City

BY JAKE SANDERS

Neil Harris was disappointed with Millwall’s defending but felt that there were positives to take despite their 2-1 defeat at Hull City on Tuesday evening.

Shaun Hutchinson grabbed his first goal of the campaign, but an early strike from City’s top-scorer Jarrod Bowen and then a neat finish from Marc Pugh on his first start for the club earned the hosts all three points.

It means that after keeping three clean sheets on the bounce, Millwall have conceded five times in their last two Championship matches.

“We gave away two poor goals,” Harris said. “Where I’m frustrated is we looked so solid and reliable for a couple of months, but Preston in the first half hour and then tonight we give poor goals away.

“The first one is good play, but the boy hits a shot and it’s going straight into Jordan’s hands, he’s right behind it, and it hits Jarrod Bowen and flies in the net. It’s bad luck.

“We respond to losing Murray [Wallace] and losing the goal and build slowly to get into the game. Hull were better than us for half an hour but then we did really well, played really good football, scored a goal, looked a threat on the counter-attack. Steve Morison won every header, we looked dangerous and the fans have turned on their team.

Shaun Hutchinson scores
Photo: Brian Tonks

“Then we give a debacle of a second goal away. I can analyse the second goal and I won’t bore you with all the facts, but we made three or four basic errors leading up to it. At the end of the day the boy controls the ball eight yards from our goal and puts it in the net. That can’t happen at this level.”

The Lions rallied in the second-half, but were unable to beat an inspired David Marshall in the Hull goal, who made some excellent saves.

Harris added: “Second-half again, strong performance, we created chance after chance but weren’t clinical enough. I think the shot count will be in our favour, but we weren’t clinical enough.

“Their keeper makes a couple of good saves, our anticipation in and around the penalty area on second balls wasn’t quite good enough at times.

“It was a strong performance in so many ways, there are loads of positives to take from it but apart from we got zero points out of it.”

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