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Harris proud of Millwall despite aggregate defeat

2 February 2016

The boss reviews Tuesday's Johnstone's Paint Trophy tie

Neil Harris says he was proud of his Millwall players for their performance in Tuesday's 1-0 win over Oxford United - a victory which wasn't quite enough to book their place in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy Final.

Lee Gregory scored the only goal of the game early in the second-half but a red card shown to Mark Beevers just 10 minutes later proved costly as Oxford were able to ride out late pressure from the away side and secure a 2-1 aggregate victory.

"I'm proud of the players for the belief, desire and passion they showed tonight," Harris told afterwards.

"It wasn't enough to overcome the damage which was done in the first leg but to come here and win is a result we can take pride from. It is our tenth away victory of the season, and to have won that many at the start of February is good for any side at any level.

"Naturally we're very disappointed not to have made it through to Wembley. The dream wasn't to be and looking back the red card is probably crucial in us not scoring more goals on the night.

"Going down to 10 men made it difficult to really put as much pressure on them as we would have liked at the end, certainly with a goal lead on the night. We could have put three men up front with the likes of Aiden (O'Brien) and Fred (Onyedinma) on the pitch also, but the red card denied us that opportunity.

"But this a great learning curve for the players and for me as a manager. What is clear with the way we played tonight and the result is that we are growing as a team and as a club. We are showing good progress."

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