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Harris hails "miraculous" season after Lions lose out at Boro

Read from the manager after Millwall slip to defeat...

28 April 2018

Millwall boss Neil Harris was disappointed with the manner of Middlesbrough's two goals in Saturday evening's 2-0 defeat at the Riverside Stadium, but also stressed the importance of finishing the campaign on a high next week against Aston Villa.

Goals from Britt Assombalonga and Jonny Howson condemned The Lions to defeat and left their hopes of reaching the Play-Offs as purely mathematical in a game where Millwall created little going forward.

The manager stated that his side have been "found wanting" in the last two matches (including last Friday's loss to Fulham), but also expressed his opinion that it was "no disgrace" to lose to an "excellent" Boro outfit.

"I'm disappointed with the goals. It's no disgrace coming here and getting beat by Middlesbrough, who I think are an excellent side," he said.

"I think other than the counter-attack and the running and footballing ability of Traore, I didn't feel under too much pressure today. But the two goals we gave away were gifts.

"If I look at the last two games, where we've been found wanting against two good sides, the lack of ability to keep a clean sheet by making schoolboy errors has cost us.

"I don't think we created enough all game. We had quite a lot of the ball at times and put the ball forward a lot, but didn't win enough first and second contacts. We fell short on most areas this afternoon and got beat by the better team. We never really worked the goalkeeper."

Despite the defeat, The Lions have had an outstanding first season back in The Championship and have overachieved. 

That's something that didn't go unnoticed by the boss as he looked ahead to next weekend and the foreseeable future.

"I think it's a good reality check for all of us. We've had a great run, but come up against two quality sides in the last eight days and fallen short. For us, if we want to improve as a football club, then we've seen a lot of areas in the last couple of weeks where we need to improve.

"At the end of the 90 minutes next week it'll be time for reflection. What we've achieved up until the last two games has been miraculous and being on a run of 17 games unbeaten we're a little disappointed with the last two performances.

"We want to go out on a high next weekend against Aston Villa. I certainly want to see three points at home, as do the fanbase and the players as well. I need to make sure I pick a team next week that finishes the season in style."

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