Neil Harris wants Millwall’s winless run to be put into context.
The Lions have taken two points from a possible 15 in the Championship and also exited the League Cup after a penalty shootout defeat to Oxford United.
A huge error by Bartosz Bialkowski gifted QPR striker Nakhi Wells a winner on Saturday.
“I’ve got to be honest, a lot of people are talking about difficult spells but they have got to look at those games,” said Harris. “At Middlesbrough we got a point – everyone would have been happy with that before the match – and we should have won the game.
“Hull, 95 per cent of the game was Millwall and we didn’t win the game because of a flukey goal. Oxford we were 2-1 up and cruising – we could’ve been 27-0 [up] – and lost on penalties.
“Blackburn were better than us. Today [Saturday] we gave a goal away. People have to stop being negative – that’s for sure. We need to play better and we will play better. But I don’t buy into all that [that team are in a difficult spell].
“If you start with seven points from three or four games then people get carried away thinking we are going to win the league.
“But look at the quality in this division. Nakhi Wells’ finish [for his first goal] – we get in that position five, six or seven times and we don’t score. It is why Nakhi Wells has played in the Premier League for half of his career.
“We need perspective. Do I want us never to get beaten at home again this season? Too right. My frustration is that we’ve lost that home unbeaten record already and it was avoidable.
“We got ourselves back on level terms and the stadium erupts – it had been flat in the stadium in the second half. It was just getting going and you can’t legislate [for Bialkowski’s mistake]. Bart is a good, honest pro – he’s held his hands up and apologised – but it kills the game. It makes it difficult for us to gain the ascendency but we still had a couple of chances and are not good enough to take them.
“An error has decided the outcome of the game. The Championship is a hard enough league to be in and get points in without giving goals away.”
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