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Harris bemoans defensive errors

17 December 2016

"They didn't beat us, we beat ourselves," says Chopper

Manager Neil Harris could not hide his frustration and disappointment as his team were the masters of their own downfall by conceding three "poor" goals at League One table-toppers Scunthorpe United.

Speaking after Paddy Madden (2) and Hakeeb Adelakun had ensured Iron maintained an unbeaten home record throughout 2016 with a 3-0 win, boss Chopper rued: "Scunthorpe are top of the League for a reason as they the most consistent side, but today they didn’t beat us - we beat ourselves.

"We gave them three opportunities to score. It was a poor foul by Joe Martin for the first goal, we should have defended the box better from the free-kick. The second one is about recovery and the same mistakes being made by the same players. The third was a poor decision by Jordan Archer.

"I thought we nearly put the right ball in today, nearly got on the end of it and nearly made the right clearance. Football is about people making the right designs and people being winners. Today we weren’t. Its a frustration because there was nothing between the teams for me apart from our errors.

"I can’t protect my players in the sense that we have given three poor goals away, and we know we need to now put that right with the right reaction against Charlton.

"This has come at a perfect time for us; we are going back on the training pitch straight away and start building towards Wednesday. 

"It's about having the right reaction, the right character, it's about building an atmosphere in the ground. I will pick my players who will win that game and it's fortunate that it's Wednesday."

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