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Chopper: We didn't deserve to lose

15 September 2014

Coach disappointed with U21s defeat at QPR

"It was a very competitive game between two very well matched, good sides playing a similar way. "We certainly didn't deserve to lose that game, although we probably wouldn't have deserved to have won it either," The Lions coach told

A goal in the opening two minutes by Eduardo Vargas plus a Michael Doughty penalty early in the second-half gave Rangers a 2-0 cushion, and although Alfie Pavey's spot-kick reduced the arrears, Chopper's side were unable to convert their pressure thereafter into an equalising goal.

Neil Harris believes that Millwall's U21s could count themselves unlucky to have been pipped by the odd goal in three as QPR edged to a 2-1 Professional Development League 2 victory at Loftus Road. The attitude and desire of the lads was fantastic, it was played in a real quick tempo, but because it was so quick at times that sometimes leads to mistakes - and it did for both sides tonight. 

"It was a good experience for the younger lads too, but we made in

"The game was keenly contested with plenty of tackles which was great for our senior players like Angel Martinez, Danny Shittu and Justin Hoyte as they got exactly the type of competitive 90 minutes they would have wanted. dividual errors that cost us the goals and I didn't feel that as a team overall, we did as well as we can.

"Against Forest last week the goals we conceded were individual errors and down to a lack of knowledge; today was lack of technique. Our passing technique and our decision-making at times was poor against QPR and I was a bit disappointed with our structure.

"We didn't do very well in terms of not picking up second balls on the edge of the penalty area and a lot of the good things we've done previously just didn't show this evening.

"I'll review the game again and my role is to show them on the video and re-create on the training pitch what they could have done better. This is about helping the players develop individually, developing and learning our style of play and ultimately preventing these kind of mistakes, so that they don't happen again."

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