LIONS ARE TAMED BY LAST-GASP DOUGHTY

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By An­drew Steele-Davis

BY HIS own ad­mis­sion, Mill­wall boss Neil Har­ris was lost for words af­ter watch­ing his side throw away a two-goal lead at Swin­don. The Robins were head­ing for a first de­feat in six at the County Ground when on-loan QPR mid­fielder Michael Doughty stabbed home Bradley Barry’s cross in the dy­ing sec­onds.

Mill­wall had started a huge con­test for both sides in ter­rific fash­ion and found them­selves two goals to the good in­side the open­ing 11 min­utes cour­tesy of ef­forts from dan­ger­ous strike duo Lee Gre­gory and Steve Mori­son.

But Swin­don came back strong af­ter the break and re­duced the deficit just past the hour mark, Nicky Ajose con­vert­ing from the spot to record his 21st goal this sea­son af­ter Raphael Rossi Branco was brought down in­side the area.

The Robins launched wave af­ter wave of at­tack on the vis­it­ing goal in the clos­ing stages and got their just re­wards in dra­matic fash­ion with the last kick of the game, leav­ing Har­ris to won­der ex­actly what had un­folded in front of him.

“It is huge frus­tra­tion and we’re dis­ap­pointed with the out­come,” said the for­mer Lions striker.

“We were so good for so long with and with­out the ball and I’m lost for words at the mo­ment.

“I’m dis­ap­pointed with the group but we’ve come such a long way. We’ve won games re­ally com­fort­ably re­cently and when we’ve drawn games we feel we should have won them. “That is the sign of a good team. “I thought we were out­stand­ing first half and I thought se­cond half, even though Swin­don had all the foot­ball, we were re­ally good but just lacked that lit­tle bit of qual­ity in the finalthird.

“That was the dif­fer­ence.We should have seen the game off and we had a du­bi­ous penalty against us – it was the soft­est penalty I’ve seen for a long time.

“It was backs to the wall a lit­tle bit and we never felt un­der real pres­sure un­til right at the end where a ball comes in, and its three head­ers be­fore the ball ends up in the back of the net.”

HELP­LESS: Mill­wall goal­keeper Jor­dan Archer can only watch as Michael Doughty heads in the lev­eller

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