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Millwall boss Harris: "We weren't clinical enough."

29 August 2015

Chopper gives his post-match assessment

Millwall boss Neil Harris admitted that his side were not clinical enough during Saturday's 2-0 defeat to Chesterfield.

Jay O'Shea put the visitors in front with a stunning volley during the first-half before scoring his and Chesterfield's second with the last kick of the game.

In between those two goals, and in particular during the second-half, The Lions were dominant put could not find a way past a stubborn and resolute Chesterfield defence.

"First-half I thought we started OK, then their midfield dominated us possession-wise," Harris said.

"We adjusted after 35 minutes in the midfield and we got a foothold back in the game. 

"Coming in at half-time we made a change going forward just to give us that little bit more of a link in the play and in the second-half we were the much better team.

"What summed it up for me was Jimmy's deflected shot is saved by the keeper going the wrong way and at the other end their deflected shot ends up in the back of the net.

"We made chances but we weren't clinical enough. It's getting the mix right between being an attacking threat and creating chances and being solid at the back. It probably wasn't quite right today."

Harris handed Jack Powell his first start of the season and the youngster - one of five Academy graduates in the starting line-up - put in an assured display at the heart of midfield.

"When we had the ball Jack did well," he added.

"He gives you a balance in midfield and in the second-half, when we were on top, Jack was pivotal to what we did. 

"He gives a calmness in midfield and quality with set-play delivery."

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