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4 January 2014

Harris frustration after FA Cup exit

Neil Harris said his players were "second best" in the 4-1 defeat to Southend United - a result which sees The Lions crash out of the FA Cup at the first hurdle.

Phil Brown's League Two side went ahead in the first-half before a 15-minute delay after floodlight failure, only for Jermaine Easter to be given a straight red card soon after play resumed. The hosts doubled their advantage before the interval and deservedly went 3-0 up in the second-half before Martyn Woolford pulled one back, only for The Blues to wrap up proceedings late on with a fourth.

"Today wasn't good enough," caretaker boss Harris said after the game. "The goals we conceded were a shambles. You can't carry on conceding the amount of goals we have been this season, and in the manner that we've been doing.

"We were second best in the first 30 minutes before the lights went out. After the sending off we had to go for it but we should still have defended better.

"In the end we went for it with two up front and hoped for a lucky break which just didn't come.

"The players didn't compete and for that reason I feel for them. They were given an opportunity today and just didn't take it."

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