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Millwall boss Harris praises players after Southend success

8 December 2015

Chopper delighted with response as The Lions beat The Blues 2-0

Millwall manager Neil Harris was full of praise for his players after they booked their place in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy Area Final following a 2-0 win over Southend United at Roots Hall.

Steve Morison and Shaun Williams scored a goal in each half to send over 1,500 travelling Lions fans home happy having witnessed a hard working, committed and passionate display against Phil Brown's Blues.

And Harris was elated with his team for the way in which they performed, especially after exiting the Emirates FA Cup in disappointing fashion last time out.

"I questioned the players publicly for the first on Saturday and asked for a response from them. What we all saw here tonight was exactly that," Harris said.

"They started the game as we knew they would - full of energy with plenty of movement going forward. But we defended that spell of the game well and once we got the first goal, which was a terrific finish from Steve, we really grew into it and took more control.

"On the whole I think we deserved to win it. They were two quality goals we scored and we are delighted that so many of our fans travelled here to watch what was a really good display. I have to thank them once again because their support throughout was terrific.

"Our hold up play and the way we linked things together was especially impressive so I have to praise the front four for their work. But it was a really good team performance and I'm pleased for them that we have made it through to the Area Final."

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