Millwall’s Neil Harris claimed he expected a lot more from his players after their 3-1 defeat by Preston at The Den.

First half strikes from Andrew Hughes, Tom Clarke and Sean Maguire gave Alex Neil’s men a lead the Lions couldn’t overcome despite a Ben Thompson equaliser and it leaves Millwall 20th in the Championship.

Despite the result, it was the performance that left the Millwall manager disappointed after their impressive mid-week victory at Derby.

“I don’t expect that from my players at The Den,” Harris told Millwall's clubsite.

“Some players on that pitch didn’t live up to the standards they’ve set in the last eight weeks.

“It was really really poor, we were a yard off it all over the pitch.

“It’s about desire and defending and we were lacklustre.

“We didn’t deserve anything from the game, and it’s a reminder to us, from the euphoria of Tuesday (at Derby), that’s the relentlessness of Championship football.”

Chalk and Cheese

Harris burdened a portion of the blame on himself with his team selection, admitting he maybe should’ve made more than the one change from the side that beat Derby with the side looking fatigued due to that the congestion fixture list due to their FA Cup exploits

“I take responsibility that I maybe picked the wrong team.

“I maybe should’ve made more changes against a fast and physical Preston side.

“But I didn’t want to change too much from a strong performance at Derby.

“The two performances were chalk and cheese.”

Harris takes his side to 13th placed Hull on Tuesday.

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