MX23RW : Monday, February 18 23:35:51
Oct 3, 2018 at 7.45pm UK at ​The City Ground (Nottingham, Nottinghamshire)
Attendance: 25,753
Nott'm ForestNottingham Forest
2-2
Millwall
Lolley (27'), Carvalho (70')
FT(HT: 1-0)
Williams (74'), Gregory (90')

Neil Harris hopes dramatic draw at Forest can help stop the rot

Lee Gregory scored an equaliser right at the death.

Neil Harris hopes Lee Gregory’s 90th-minute equaliser at the City Ground – and the 2-2 draw that it secured against Nottingham Forest – will be a turning point in their season.

Aitor Karanka’s side looked to be in charge after goals from Joe Lolley and Joao Carvalho, either side of a 14-minute break for floodlight failure, had given them a 2-0 lead.

But Shaun Williams pulled one back in the 75th minute with a towering header before Gregory struck to pull Neil Harris’ Lions level against his former club.

Millwall had suffered three straight Sky Bet Championship defeats but Harris hopes they have stopped the rot with a hard-fought draw.

“We are on a bad run and we have been on a bad run because we have not been good enough individually, which has ended up with some poor team performances,” said Harris.

“We have also had some horrendous luck and we saw that again tonight, when we hit the bar and it went over and they hit the bar and it goes in.

“But our luck has to turn eventually and that equaliser at the end felt like a turning point. It was a point gained, that is for sure and it will give us belief moving forward.”

Harris was delighted with the Lions’ performance at the City Ground, however.

He said: “The performance was outstanding. In the first half in particular, it was a class performance.

“Everything that has been good about us at home, as a team; everything we have had at home this year – and not had away – we got it today.

“It was a travesty that we were losing at half-time and not several goals ahead already.

“There was no issue at half-time, it was about making sure we sustained the pressure and kept creating chances.

“I thought when the second goal went in that it was just a continuation of the luck we have had this season. But the boys kept belief and we got our reward in the end.”

Karanka was disappointed to see his side let a two-goal lead slip and warned his players that they must learn to manage games better.

“I am disappointed because this was a game we have not played well, but even despite that, we were still winning 2-0,” he said. “I spoke last weekend about needing to manage games better.

“Today, when we were winning 2-0 at home, that was more important. We have been winning games at home and it was important to keep doing that, to keep moving forward.

“I am disappointed because we should have won this game, even without playing our best. I do not want to single out one player or even two players. We win as a team and lose as a team.

“We need to learn, because we did not play the first half in the way that we should have played. We wanted to play on the grass, because they play long balls. The best way to stop their long-ball game, was to keep the ball.

“But we could not do that. The game was completely flat from the beginning.”


Click here for more stories about Aitor Karanka

Click here for more stories about Millwall

Share this article now:

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel
Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City27212474205465
2Liverpool26205159154465
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs26200654252960
4Manchester UnitedMan Utd26156552351751
5Arsenal26155653371650
6Chelsea26155645291650
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves2611693433139
8Watford2610793434037
9Everton2796123639-333
10West Ham UnitedWest Ham2696113239-733
11Bournemouth26103133747-1033
12Leicester CityLeicester2695123134-332
13Crystal Palace2676132734-727
14Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2676132839-1127
15Burnley2676132947-1827
16Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2667132234-1225
17Cardiff CityCardiff2674152447-2325
18Southampton2659122844-1624
19Fulham2645172558-3317
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2625191448-3411

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel
Login, I already have my ad-free pass
Log in to customise Sports Mole
Buy ad-free access (show me the options)
Buy monthly ad-free access for £1.20/month
Buy yearly ad-free access for £12 (2 months free)
Settings - Logout - Manage your account
Settings - Logout - Manage your account