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Neil Harris: Aiden O'Brien made the difference

7 November 2015

Millwall boss praises young striker for sparking team into life

Millwall manager Neil Harris heaped praise on young striker Aiden O'Brien, whose introduction as a second-half substitute against AFC Fylde provided the key to unlock the visitors' robust rearguard and help The Lions on their way to a 3-1 Emirates FA Cup First Round win.

The Lions had, by Chopper's own admission, been below-par in a first-half in which the non-League side came closest to scoring with a Danny Rowe effort that fizzed past the post.

Millwall were in need of a little bit of magic to spark them into life, and newly-crowned League One Player of the Month Aiden duly obliged, scoring the first goal and causing the Fylde defence problems throughout the second-half.

"I'm delighted to get through," said Chopper. "I said to the boys beforehand that in the Cup, the most important thing is to get through to the next round, and that's what we have managed to do.

"We didn't play as well as we can in the first-half, and I let the players know that in a constructive manner at the break. The second-half was much better and I'm delighted with the boys.

"I knew it was going to be difficult, I have seen them and know how good they are and knew how difficult they would make it for us. We were fortunate that we had Aiden O'Brien to bring on and he made a big difference. His quality showed through.

"I was also delighted to see Steve Morison and Lee Gregory get on the score-sheet too because they have really worked for it."

Chopper also had the highest regard for Dave Challinor's non-League side, who really gave their all and were a credit to the Vanarama League.

"You have to be respectful to the opposition, whatever the level, and for the record I thought they were fantastic," he added. "They were a credit to the club and the league and they made it really difficult for us.

"They are a really good side and a club that are going places. I'm sure it won't be long, just like Fleetwood Town a few years ago, that they are here playing in the Football League."

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