Har­ris has a pop af­ter Den boys are held

Daily Star Sunday - - RESULT! - By DAVID HYDE By Steve Millar

MILL­WALL boss Neil Har­ris ques­tioned his side’s men­tal strength af­ter they were held to a draw at home to Hull.

The Li­ons came from be­hind to lead but switched off at a set-piece as the Tigers snatched a point.

“We dom­i­nated from start to fin­ish,” said Har­ris, whose side have now gone six games with­out a win.

“Shot-count, set-pieces, crosses, ae­rial du­els, foot races, tack­les – but the score­line says it was 2-2 and that’s the bot­tom line.

“We can’t keep scor­ing goals at one end and con­ced­ing at the other.

“To come from be­hind at The Den isn’t al­ways easy but we got our­selves in front.

“Their sec­ond goal was too easy, though – two free head­ers in our penalty area and in­di­vid­u­ally that’s not ac­cept­able.

“Men­tally they have to be bet­ter. When you’re de­fend­ing don’t let your man score. I learnt that at a young age.

“It comes down to the mind­set and fo­cus of the play­ers and do­ing your jobs bet­ter. At the mo­ment we’re not do­ing that.”

Hull went in front in the sixth minute. Jar­rod Bowen found Kamil Grosicki in space in the box and the Poland star’s right-footed drive beat Jor­dan Archer at his near post.

The hosts were level in the

22nd minute. David Mar­shall mis­judged the flight of James Mered­ith’s cross and Lee Gre­gory rose to nod home for his eighth goal of the sea­son.

The Li­ons started the sec­ond half brightly and took the lead in the 54th minute.

Steve Mori­son fed Ai­den O’Brien and his low shot from

22 yards flew into the bot­tom left-hand cor­ner.

Hull grabbed a point with a rare foray for­ward in the

73rd minute.

Bowen’s deep cor­ner was turned back to­wards goal by Jordy De Wijs and Markus Hen­rik­sen headed in from just a cou­ple of yards out.

City boss Nigel Ad­kins said: “It’s a good point away from home. Mill­wall’s al­ways a chal­leng­ing place to come to, so we knew we’d have to be com­pet­i­tive.

“We had to hang in there and it un­der­lines the spirit we have amongst the team.”

ENG­LAND de­fender James Tarkowski reached the dizzy heights of Burn­ley’s joint top league goalscorer with his scrappy win­ner against Brighton.

That took his tally to three, the same num­ber as Sam Vokes.

It was price­less all the same as the Clarets climbed out of the Pre­mier League’s bot­tom three – much to the re­lief of ev­ery­one at Turf Moor.

It may have been a day more suited to the Seag­ulls with a win­try down­pour dous­ing the sod­den pitch.

But Sean Dy­che’s bat­tlers could fi­nally ride the crest of a wave af­ter los­ing their last three games on home soil.

The Clarets boss breathed a huge sigh of re­lief and heartily ap­plauded his play­ers for dig­ging in and grind­ing out a morale-boost­ing re­sult.

“It’s been a tough early pe­riod of the sea­son,” he said.

“But we’re kind of get­ting back to where we should be. We have to play bet­ter than we did to­day but there’s re­lief be­cause we have been on a tough run.

“There was that bit of ner­vous­ness. You have got to find a way to win and we know we can do bet­ter.”

Brighton boss Chris Hughton had been un­beaten in all six of his pre­vi­ous league games against Burn­ley as a man­ager.

But he was left to curse his luck with just one shot on tar­get all day from his lack­lus­tre side.

He said: “I thought we were the bet­ter team but we con­ceded a scrappy goal. I’m dis­ap­pointed.

“But we didn’t do enough in the first half to re­ally force that goal.” Hughton can say that again. Burn­ley keeper Joe Hart, on his 400th Pre­mier League ap­pear­ance, did not have a save to make in a list­less open­ing 45 min­utes. And we had to wait until the half-hour mark be­fore Brighton’s goal was threat­ened.

That came when Ice­land mid­fielder Jo­hann Berg Gud­munds­son’s well-flighted ball found Rob­bie Brady, but the winger volleyed wide.

Then Chris Wood al­most squeezed in the opener but could not beat Seag­ulls keeper Mat Ryan at the near post.

Brady had an­other go in the 35th minute but Ryan was alert to save once more be­fore Brighton fi­nally closed in on Hart’s goal.

Ash­ley West­wood care­lessly passed across the box and An­thony Knock­aert hap­pily col­lected. How­ever, all he could do was waste the gift by blaz­ing a shot over the cross­bar.

Five min­utes be­fore the break Burn­ley at last broke the dead­lock when Brighton failed to clear their lines and Jack Cork’s drive was de­flected in by Tarkowski.

The Clarets looked to press on as the sec­ond half started with a flurry.

But they suf­fered a scare in the 59th minute when skip­per Ben Mee at­tempted a clear­ance and sliced the ball into Hart’s arms.

Or­der was nearly re­stored when Tarkowski al­most claimed a sec­ond.

The de­fender met West­wood’s cor­ner per­fectly and was inches away with a glanc­ing header.

It looked plain sail­ing as tor­ren­tial rain swept across Turf Moor but there should have been a late equaliser for Brighton.

Striker Glenn Mur­ray de­liv­ered the per­fect cross for fel­low sub Jur­gen Lo­ca­dia but he put a point-blank header over the top with the goal at his mercy.

And that sig­nalled a fi­nal fran­tic burst from Hughton’s men with Hart pulling off a late save from that man Mur­ray.

LEV­ELLER: Markus Hen­rik­sen

■ TREA­SURE CHEST: James Tarkowski di­verts the ball in

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