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Lions boss's Emirates FA Cup delight

4 December 2016

Neil Harris looking forward to Third Round after five-goal haul

Neil Harris was delighted to be in the draw for the Third Round of the Emirates FA Cup after a 5-2 victory over Braintree Town at The Den on Sunday afternoon.

"Firstly I'm pleased that we weren't on the wrong end of an upset because, as we expected, Braintree came here and gave it a real go from the off and were a threat going forward," said Chopper.

"We did make it difficult for ourselves at times, but we responded well after going a goal behind, and it was a great day for Harry Smith who scored his first senior hat-trick.

"There were a number of plus points, not least Lee Gregory coming through virtually the whole game after missing the last two, and I thought he and Harry linked up well together.

"Sid Nelson also came through an hour unscathed after a five week lay-off and he will have benefited from that after a run out for the U23s earlier in the week.

"This was the first match in a very busy week for us, with games coming up on Wednesday and Saturday, and I have to manage the squad through it and get the balance right in my selections.

"As far as the Cup draw is concerned, I'd like another home tie, and it's great that we'll be involved on one of the most exciting weekends of the season in January."

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