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Chopper so proud

29 October 2013

Coach praises youngsters after Cup exit

Neil Harris stressed how 'proud' he was of his young Lions after bowing out of the Premier League Cup following a dramatic penalty shoot-out at Swansea City.

Aiden O'Brien's early goal had put Millwall on course to the Third Round, but Liam Shepherd levelled for The Swans in the second-half to set up extra-time and then penalties.

"From my point of view we had a young side out today and I felt really proud of them," said coach Neil Harris. "We played some terrific football in difficult conditions.

This is a great group of players and every match they want to learn, they see each game as a bit of a Cup Final. Today we changed shape during the game, playing higher up the pitch in the second-half and they were picking up my instructions straight away and took them on board. The boys were fantastic for me.

Although disappointed at going out on penalties - which is always a lottery - it was a top performance by the team. Fred Onyedinma was outstanding again, Aiden O'Brien scored a lovely goal and Sid Nelson at centre half was solid. It was a good all round team performance and after the early morning departure at 7.30am from the ground I couldn't have been prouder."

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