Millwall boss confirms defender injury blow after 1-0 defeat at Rotherham United

BY JAKE SANDERS

Neil Harris said his Millwall side must improve their clean sheet mentality away from home after suffering their second consecutive loss within the space of four days.

 

A much-changed Lions side followed up their defeat at Sheffield Wednesday in midweek with a 1-0 loss at Rotherham thanks to Sean Raggett’s first-half header.

 

“I think my thought process is, we have to have a better defence mindset and a clean sheet mentality that was so important for us last year”, Harris said.

 

“We have to get back to the first goal mentality. If the first goal doesn’t come, we have to get a 0-0 draw.

 

“Today, if we weren’t going to score, we have to get a 0-0 draw. On Wednesday night we gave the ball away twice in the lead up to Bannan’s [Barry] great strike and the second goal was childish defending.

 

“I am really disappointed with the goals we conceded, but as for being on the road, if you don’t pick points up, it adds to pressure for your home games. So, we have got to make sure out mindset is a lot more Millwall-like.”

 

The results leaves Millwall on just five points from their opening five games and they have won just once in the league this season. Tom Elliott, Jake Cooper and Jed Wallace all had chances to level in the second-half and like he was at Hillsborough, Harris was unsatisfied with his side.

 

Record signing Tom Bradshaw, pictured above, made his Millwall bow as a second-half substitute and despite a lively cameo, he couldn’t prevent his side from suffering more misery on the road.

 

Harris continued: “I am frustrated, I have got to be honest. Rotherham did nowhere near enough to win the game against us today. That’s twice in four days that we have thrown points away. When you play against Rotherham you know you have got to stand strong as dead balls and be organised.

 

“For the majority of it, we did, but at one moment we get it wrong, we make bad errors of judgment and the ball ends up in our net. Extremely disappointed to have four days, two games up in Yorkshire and come away with nothing.”

 

Millwall were without Shaun Hutchinson at the New York Stadium and the Lions boss provided an update on last year’s Player of the Year.

 

“Hutch has got a knee problem and will be out for the foreseeable future,” Harris said.

IMAGE BY BRIAN TONKS


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