'Send him off!' Millwall boss Neil Harris labels challenge by Rotherham United captain Richard Wood "horrendous"

RIVAL boss Neil Harris is adamant Rotherham United skipper Richard Wood should have been sent off for the foul that sparked a mass melee at the Den.
Neil Harris with Millers boss Paul Warne. Pictures by Trevor PriceNeil Harris with Millers boss Paul Warne. Pictures by Trevor Price
Neil Harris with Millers boss Paul Warne. Pictures by Trevor Price

Millwall manager Harris described Wood's challenge on goalkeeper Jordan Archer in the second half of last Saturday's 0-0 Championship draw as "horrendous".

Harris fumed: "The lad jumps over Shaun Williams to challenge Jordan Archer. Whether the ball is loose or not is irrelevant. It's nasty.

"I have to be careful what I say because incidents may look different at different angles. But I've seen the footage back and their captain has lunged two-footed at about waist height into Jordan. From what I saw, it's an horrendous challenge."

Centre-half Wood, recalled to the Millers starting 11 after a month on the sidelines, was cautioned by referee Andy Madley for his part in the 56th-minute incident which left Archer requiring treatment.

A booking for Richard Wood

"How the referee gives just a yellow card, I don't know," Harris added. "It's either nothing or a straight red."

There was a sustained penalty-area dust-up as Millwall players took exception to the tackle and Wood's teammates leapt in to support their skipper.

"I can see why my players reacted the way they did and I will support them one million per cent if we were to get into any trouble for that," Harris said. "It'll be interesting to see what the referee thinks when he sees it back."

Rotherham switched to a 3-5-2 formation to keep a clean sheet against one if the division's form sides and had chances to win the game after the break, with striker Michael Smith, twice, and Semi Ajayi wasting  inviting opportunities

Harris admitted Millwall found it difficult against the Millers' new set-up.

"They limited our opportunities to get balls into the box," he acknowledged.

"In the second half, Rotherham did what they do well as a big physical team. They put everything into the box from the halfway line and we had to stand strong.

"After 65 minutes we brought on another centre-forward, but it was hard for Moro (Steve Morison) to affect things too much when they played with three centre-halves."