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"We have got to be stronger mentally and physically" says Neil Harris

17 September 2016

Millwall manager gives his post-match assessment following Southend United defeat

Millwall boss Neil Harris pulled no punches in his post-match assessment after watching The Lions slide to a 3-1 defeat at struggling Southend United.

Having gone behind after six minutes to David Mooney's deflected opener, Aiden O'Brien hauled Millwall level on 33 minutes with a neat finish from Steve Morision's flick.

However some sloppy second-half defending allowed Stephen McLaughlin and then sub Luke O'Neill to put the seal on the Shrimpers' first League One victory of the campaign.

"They had more aggression in both boxes and that is something I won't stand for," reflected Harris. 

"The goals we conceded were really poor and we should have more pride in defending than that. As a unit, as a team and as a squad, we are far too easy to score against. We have got to be stronger physically and mentally and get back to a clean sheet mentality. 

"They went direct with some long throws and we had to stay strong and I was reasonably happy at half-time, barring the goal. In the second-half we had to make good decisions on whether to go long in to Moro (Steve Morison) or play the extra pass and at times we just didn't use the ball wisely. 

"The boys have to come into work every day with hunger and desire to be better. We have a great group of lads and a real good spirit, but that needs to translate onto the pitch. 

"We got to where we did last year with great spirit and togetherness, being hard to score against and a strong mentality that was aggressive in our approach.  Scoring goals isn't a problem at the moment, it's keeping them out at the other end that is." 

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