Millwall midfielder Ryan Leonard said there are “no excuses” for the 2-0 defeat to Blackburn on Saturday.

Blackburn scored twice in the closing stages to halt Millwall’s winning run of four games. The Lions managed just two shots on target one from Leonard and the other from Mahlon Romeo.

Leonard was disappointed that his side failed to repay the fans for their support. “I don’t think there was much in the game, it was bit scrappy. A point would have been fair for both sides” he said.

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The midfielder admitted that Blackburn were the more creative of the two sides. “They created a little bit more quality than us in the final third and they got the goals. We are very disappointed with our own performance more than anything else, we didn’t produce enough quality in the final third to get ourselves over the line.”

Leonard said that he and his teammates failed to pay back the support they received from the stands. “I don’t think anyone played poorly but I don’t think anyone played really well. We didn’t give the fans enough to shout about, they create a brilliant atmosphere which we didn’t pay back enough.

Millwall are a side that are known for creating chances and getting the ball in the box, something they failed to do on a regular basis on Saturday. “We didn’t create enough chances, didn’t get the ball in the box enough, didn’t create enough set pieces.

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Millwall have conceded 18 goals in the final 15 minutes of games this season, the joint most in the EFL and Leonard said it’s frustrating to concede two goals in quick succession. “It’s always disappointing to concede goals at any time. It was quite an even game when they got their first goal. The second one we’ve gone all out and and they’ve broken and scored. To concede two goals as quickly as that is frustrating.”

 

 


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