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Harris bemoans a lack of "luck" in Bury draw

Posted: Sat 18 Mar 2017
Author: © Millwall FC

The manager speaks following the goalless draw with The Shakers...

Millwall boss Neil Harris cut a frustrated figure following Saturday afternoon's 0-0 draw with Bury in Sky Bet League One.

The Lions thought they had won the game through Steve Morison's 68th minute strike, but the goal was ruled out by referee Gavin Ward for an alleged offside.

Harris stated that he felt his side lacked luck, but also praised Bury's goalkeeper, Joe Murphy.

"We kept knocking on the door but couldn't break it down. We did - the goal was a perfectly good goal, but luck eluded us today with that decision. 

"The Bury goalkeeper made a couple of great saves and showed his experience. He marshalled his back five well and was the difference between us picking up the three points."

The disallowed goal came courtesy of a lung-busting run from Jed Wallace. Harris praised the performance of the winger, but also expressed his annoyance that things "just didn't quite happen" for his side on a blustery afternoon in SE16.

"Jed gave us some real energy," he said. "He carried the ball well and looked sharp. However, we lacked composure at times.

"I thought when we had composure, the patience and the quality on a very difficult playing surface, we looked very good. It just didn't quite happen for us a couple of times. Credit to Bury - they got the point they came for."

Following a glut of home games, The Lions now face seven of their remaining 10 League games away from home.

Next up is a trio of fixtures on the road, beginning with Tuesday night's trip to Rochdale, before visits to Swindon Town and Sheffield United.

"It's certainly a challenge [to have three consecutive away games], but it makes no difference to us," added Harris.

"Our away form earlier in the season wasn't great, but it's been consistent since. We'll embrace it."