Albion manager Mark McGhee today pointed the finger at Dan Harding for the defeat at his old club Millwall.

McGhee blamed mistakes by the unsettled England under-21 defender for the goals which earned Millwall a 2-0 victory at The Den on Saturday.

Scott Dobie ran onto a pass inside Harding from Alan Dunne to give the Lions a first-half lead.

Sub Paul Ifill, Millwall's Brighton-born Albion fan, then got the better of Harding with 12 minutes left to kill off a second-half fightback by the Seagulls after McGhee brought Leon Knight off the bench.

McGhee said: "Dan Harding is a better player than he showed in those two instances. The game was neck and neck, but we lost a diabolical goal from a defensive point of view. It was naive and really poor.

"In the second half we changed our shape and dominated the game. We were just unable to get a breakthrough and the second goal was again disappointing, letting a player like Paul Ifill come inside and hit a curling shot.

"You see it on the telly every week and it's something we talk about constantly in training, working people outside, showing them down the line."

Knight had a last-minute penalty saved by Andy Marshall after he had been brought down by Mark Phillips, his first miss from the spot for Albion.

McGhee revealed: "I said to Leon in the dressing room I think he missed the penalty because he is feeling the effects of not being in the team.

"Leon should never be out of this team, we need him at his best. When he came on he looked something like his best, sharp and dangerous, but we need him doing that for 90 minutes."