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Harris bemoans "lack of anticipation" in Fulham loss

The manager's take on Whites defeat...

25 November 2017

Neil Harris once again praised his players for their "attitude" in Saturday's 1-0 Sky Bet Championship defeat to Fulham at Craven Cottage, but told of the need to "anticipate better" as The Lions search for their first away win of the campaign.

Oliver Norwood's first half stoppage-time penalty-kick condemned Millwall to defeat on the road, but the visitors did not leave empty-handed without a fight, hitting the woodwork twice.

"It's been the story of our season away from home," said Harris. "I can't fault the players' gameplan and attitude. They did exactly what I asked of them in a match that had two sides with two completely different styles of play.

"We mixed it up and went three up front with one behind - we played on the front foot and created chances. In a nutshell, anticipation in the penalty area needs to be better and we get punished by a penalty right on half-time.

"Fulham got in some great areas and Jordan's made some great saves. The stats show they've had four shots from distance, but other than that, they've created nothing. For us, Tom (Elliott) has hit the post in the first half, Sav's (George Saville) has hit the post in the second half - we've had nine balls bounce in our six-yard box - that's what I mean by anticipation."

Despite the defeat, the manager reserved praise for the travelling contingent of Lions fans.

"We got a standing ovation as we came off from what was a brilliant fanbase today, but we've got no points - that's the frustrating thing for everyone. Where we need to improve is those tight areas, where we need to anticipate better. We have to keep improving and keep adding to the squad with quality."

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