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Harris disappointed by defending as Millwall's unbeaten away run ends at Peterborough

3 October 2015

Chopper provides his post-match reaction

Neil Harris couldn't hide his disappointment after watching Millwall's unbeaten away run come to an end following Saturday's 5-3 defeat to Peterborough United.

The home side raced into an early first-half 2-0 lead thanks to goals from Lee Angol and Jon Taylor, but The Lions hit back immediately after the interval with a quick-fire double from Byron Webster, with his first Millwall goal, and Tony Craig.

Chris Forrester and Conor Washington restored Peterborough's two-goal advantage but Mark Beevers, with his second goal inside a week, gave Millwall hope again.

But a late second from Taylor sealed all three points for the home side, much to the frustration of Harris.

"I can't fault the boys for their effort and flair," he said.

"There was improvisation and quality at times, definitely, and the desire to score goals was top drawer. But what I am really disappointed with is the defending for five goals.

"The shot for the first goal could've gone anywhere and there was one great strike, but in general - and I'm not talking about my goalkeeper - five goals as a team is not good enough.

"At half-time we spoke about getting one and getting two, and then continuing with shape and being disciplined. The transition of play really hurt us at times and an open style allows their players to relieve a little bit of defensive duties to go forward, and that cost us.

"The difference was in and around the penalty area, even for the chances we created, they were a little more clinical than us."

The Lions lost Jimmy Abdou to a shoulder injury inside five minutes while Ed Upson also limped off in the second-half with a knee injury.

"I think the two injuries didn't help," Harris added.
 
"Jimmy in particular is really key to what we do and how we play. And it's not just his ability, it's his understanding of what we do and how we do in a game. 

"To lose him was a problem but it was a great opportunity for young Ben (Thompson) to come on and get more experience.

"Losing Ed as well, just when we went behind, was hard.

"Overall there is frustration and when we look back on the game as a squad there will be a lot of disappointment."

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