LIONS ARE TAMED BY LAST-GASP DOUGHTY
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