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"We didn't reach the standards we have set," says Millwall boss Harris

19 September 2015

Chopper provides his post-match assessment after Southend loss

Millwall boss Neil Harris admitted that his side didn't perform as they had done in their last three games as Southend came away from The Den with a 2-0 victory.

Goals in each half from David Mooney and Adam Barrett were enough for the Essex side, who stood up to everything Millwall threw at them in SE16.

The result leaves The Lions still searching for a home League win this season and Harris admitted that his team's performance was not up to the level they had reached in recent games.

"We spoke about setting standards, high standards, with quality," he said.

"We can't fault the boys on effort, the spirit is terrific, and Jordan's not made a save the whole game but he's picked the ball out of the net twice.

"It's because we made two mistakes. We switched off twice and that has cost us. As ever at The Den anything seems to end up in our net.

"Going the other way, our quality in the final third wasn't as good as it has been, which was clear to see.

"I hold my hands up - maybe I should've mixed it up today. Maybe I should've put fresh legs out at the start.

"We wanted to reward good performances and try and keep a settled side that we have been craving. But today maybe it was a game too far for some of the players."

He added: "I'm frustrated because we have lost another home game.

"We weren't excellent, but we didn't deserve to lose the game.

"They have got a top class goalkeeper that will grace the Premier League very soon. He's won them a game of football.

"We didn't reach the standards we have set in the last two games."

Despite his disappointment at the result Harris made a point of sharing his praise for the home crowd, who kept backing The Lions as they searched in vain for a way back into the game.

"I think they saw the team trying to do everything that we want to achieve," he said.

"They know it's not a lack of effort.

"We got into good positions. I wait to see the stats for the amount of crosses that went into the box."

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