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The manager has his say on Friday night's defeat

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20 April 2018

Millwall boss Neil Harris expressed his "disappointment" and "frustration" over The Lions' 3-0 defeat to Fulham in the Sky Bet Championship on Friday night, but also stated his pride at what his side have achieved so far.

Ryan Sessegnon, Kevin McDonald and Aleksandar Mitrovic scored in the second half to extend The Whites' unbeaten run and bring Millwall's 17-match streak to a halt.

The boss accepted responsibility for Fulham's third goal, but bemoaned his team's inability to "do enough" for the first two strikes.

"Tonight's a great realisation for all of us," he said. "The standing ovation from our fans to the players at the end was respectful to where we are at the moment, but we've just played against a really good team who were better than us in the second half.

"Goals win games. In the first half, we could've been out of sight. We put real pressure on Fulham, but in the second half, we came out and didn't do enough to stop the two goals.

"The third goal is my fault - I stuck strikers on the pitch at the end to chase the game and we conceded. But the first two aren't good enough."

Harris responded to questions regarding goalkeeper Jordan Archer's involvement in the first two goals.

"We concede as a team. Jordan will say he could do better with one or both, because he's an honest lad, but we score and concede goals as a team.

"The atmosphere in the first half made me really proud of the football club. The performance merited that atmosphere - it was a great 'Millwall' 45 minutes. But then we try and get up a head of steam in the second half and don't test the goalkeeper. That's not good enough from my team for me."

The Lions' must now sit and wait for Saturday's results to roll in, with a trip to Middlesbrough and a final-day Den clash with Aston Villa awaiting them in their last two games.

Asked if it would be difficult to raise the spirits of his side following Friday's defeat, the manager said: "No [it won't be difficult]. The lads are brilliant. I'm disappointed, frustrated, of course, but I'm so proud of what they've done so far. We've got beat by a good side - no problem. That's the way football goes.

"Wind back 12 months and we lost 3-0 at home to Oxford and ended up winning the Play-Offs. We've got to try and get six points from our last two games, starting with going to Middlesbrough and defying the odds."


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