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Harris pleased with "strong" Forest performance but dismayed at disallowed goal

The manager speaks after The Lions narrowly lose out in Championship opener...

4 August 2017

Millwall boss Neil Harris praised his side's performance in Friday night's 1-0 defeat to Nottingham Forest at the City Ground, but expressed his disappointment at Steve Morison's disallowed goal in the second-half.

The Lions created 21 shots on goal in their first game back at Championship level and were able to convert through Morison, but referee Mr Bankes ruled out the strike for an apparent foul by Lee Gregory on goalkeeper Jordan Smith.

"The referee has said its a foul on the goalkeeper," said Harris. "I've watched it back and there's momentum both ways - if anything, the 'keeper runs into Lee. If he gives a foul for that, he has to give a foul every time - and he didn't.

"All we ask for is consistency as managers. Both benches, analysts, Sky Sports etc have said its a goal. Not everyone can be wrong.

"I've spoken to the referee and told him that I'll review it. If he's right, fair enough, but if he's wrong, I'll tell him, no problem. It's disappointing because we've dominated a game of football against a really good Nottingham Forest side for nigh on the whole game. We've been beaten by a really good goal, but we should've won the game."

Despite the highly controversial moment, the boss had praise for his players.

"My players executed the gameplan perfectly. It was a really strong performance. We didn't sit off and let them play, we pressed at the right times. We just didn't move the ball forward quickly enough at times.

"We've worked into good positions and created good chances. I've said to the boys in the dressing room, what a top performance collectively and individually. However, being honest, I'm disappointed because we didn't get a result.

"At this level - and certainly the next one up - if you don't take your chances, you lose the game. It's a good performance, but we've got nothing to show for it other than a pat on the back. We have to be more ruthless."

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