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Harris disappointed but sees positives in Blades defeat

28 March 2017

The manager speaks following Sheffield loss...

Neil Harris expressed his disappointment following Millwall's 2-0 Sky Bet League One defeat at Sheffield United on Tuesday night but saw many positives in his side's play.

Goals from Jack O'Connell and Kieron Freeman condemned The Lions to defeat at the home of the table-toppers, but the visitors matched their opponents in large parts of the game and threatened in front of goal.

"I'm disappointed with the result - there's no doubting that," said Harris. "But I'm pleased with some aspects of our play. A lot of our performance was really good.

"I've said to the guys that when you play against a team that's top of the League, when you play at the next level - as Sheffield United will do next year - it becomes about both boxes. 

"The first goal, we don't defend a set-play and then with the second, we have three chances to clear the ball better then we did and we didn't. You can't give those kinds of players opportunities."

The Blades currently occupy one of Sky Bet League One's automatic promotion spots along with Bolton Wanderers - and Harris paid tribute to Chris Wilder's side, detailing the differences between winning and losing.

"Bolton and Sheffield United are the two top teams that will get promoted this year. If you look at their set-play records - scoring and conceding - it's by far better than anyone else in the League.

"That's been our downfall tonight, as well as against Bolton.

"We matched them man-to-man when we changed formation and went to 4-3-3, but we can't give them a helping hand with the goals like we did.

"They took their key moments and we didn't - that was the difference."

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