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Harris focuses on the positives despite Cup exit

24 August 2016

The boss provides his post-match reaction as Millwall suffer Den defeat

Neil Harris focused on the positives following Millwall's last-gasp 2-1 EFL Cup Second Round defeat to Nottingham Forest on Tuesday night.

Jamie Paterson handed the visitors a first-half lead, firing past Lions debutant Tom King from close range, but Millwall were back on level terms with less than 15 minutes to go thanks to a stunning goal from Shaun Williams. The Irishman, who had only come off the bench moments earlier, spotted keeper Stephen Henderson off his line and lobbed him from just short of the halfway line, but it was Forest who booked their place in Round Three thanks to a low drive from Lars Veldwijk in the closing stages.

"It's obviously really disappointing to lose the game so late on like we did, but there were a lot of pleasing aspects to our performance," Harris said.

"In the end I think the difference between both teams was that little bit of quality in the final third. If we had been a bit more clinical going forward then on another day the score might have been different.

"I would love to have been in the draw tomorrow night but it is what it is. There are still many positives for us."

Discussing the performance of debutant King - who made his full Lions bow along with striker Jamie Philpot - Harris added: "I was really pleased with Tom. His performance gives me food for thought in terms of my team selection up at Chesterfield on Saturday.

"I selected a team of players who we felt could win the game, which we nearly did. Jamie did well up front and was unlucky not to get on the end of something."

Fred Onyedinma and Aiden O'Brien were both substituted after suffering knocks during the game and will be doubtful for Saturday's trip to Chesterfield, the boss also confirmed. As well, Harris said the club are close to adding a new player to the squad.

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