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Harris bemoans the manner of goals conceded in Millwall's defeat to Burton

1 December 2015

Chopper reviews Tuesday night's narrow loss at the Pirelli Stadium

Neil Harris was left to rue what might have been as Millwall suffered only their third away defeat of the season with a narrow 2-1 defeat at Burton Albion.

Damien McCrory and Nasser El Khayati gave the hosts a 2-0 half-time lead, but those two efforts came after Aiden O'Brien had seen a goal chalked off.

Joe Martin gave Millwall hope 15 minutes of time with his first goal for the club but The Lions couldn't find a way past a stubborn Burton defence for a second time in the closing stages.  

Harris admitted after the game that he felt 'harshly done by' in a match that saw some key decisions go against his team, who finished with 10 men following the injury-time dismissal of Mark Beevers for two bookable offences.

"A draw probably would have been a fair result," said Chopper. "We dominated a large part of the first-half but conceded two very unprofessional goals.

"The decision to disallow Aiden's goal probably changed the course of that first-half, which was frustrating, but I was pleased with our reaction after half-time. We were much better in the second-half.

"I spoke to the referee after the game and he is a good referee; he told me that there was contact with Aiden in the penalty area in the second-half, so I find it hard to understand why it wasn't a penalty, but I respect his decision. He has to make it quickly, but it was a big call.

"The sending off looked very harsh. Mark Beevers was looking at the ball all the time and I'm not sure how he could avoid the player. This is probably the first time since I became Millwall manager that I have had to say that I felt we were a bit hard done by.

"But overall we are frustrated and disappointed not to be coming home with something from the game. Burton are a good side and they are hard to play against but in the second-half we put them under considerable pressure.

"As good as we were, though, you can't give away the type of goals that we did this evening."

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