Simon calls for more discipline
Simon Grayson told htafc.com that a lack of discipline from his team was its downfall this afternoon as they lost 4-0 to Millwall.
Despite the four goal deficit, Simon felt the score line was slightly harsh on his players.
“People will look at it from the outside and think that we got a right beating, but up until the 60th minute we were well in the game and arguably the better team,” said Simon.
“However, there is one word that sums us up today and that was undisciplined. We were ok for an hour, but then we got caught on the counter and completely lost our shape. We had too many players who didn’t play from the shape and we got caught too easily on too many occasions.
“We need to learn from the situations that occurred today; the players need to show better man-management. We were too open and didn’t make the correct decisions. The younger players need to learn from this experience; we have been too easy to beat over the last two games.
“Today is a massive learning curve for the players; they now know what they have to do when they come to a place like Millwall. Despite that, we did make it look quite easy for the first hour, but the second goal killed us.”
Town will be without Jack Hunt for three games after the right-back received a red card, and Simon explained what happened.
“He got sent off for foul and abusive language, which he has apologised for. It is another case of indiscipline. We have got a young squad, who are willing. The players didn’t give up the ghost, but I think our naivety got the better of us.”
Millwall had not kept a clean sheet ahead of today’s game and Simon said that the result was just another illustration as to what the Championship is like.
“Millwall is an experienced team at this level and they have players who can hurt you. If you aren’t disciplined every time you step out onto the pitch then you will get punished. We had looked solid defensively ahead of our last two away games, but a lack of discipline has cost us seven goals in the last two games.”
Simon’s focus now turns to Bristol City and working with the players on the training field, starting on Monday morning.
“We will work with the players on the training ground; there is no point in bringing new players in because the current group has shown how good they can be. They have got us to where we are in the division and I have got a lot of faith in them; they just have to understand what I want from them a little bit more."
Town were without James Vaughan today and Simon explained the striker’s absence.
“He has a slight thigh strain, which is why he went off on Tuesday night. He was touch and go and he won’t be a major doubt for the Bristol City game; we didn’t want to run the risk.”
Town's under-21s are in action on Monday night against Leicester at the Stadium; 7pm kick-off!