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Millwall boss Harris shares delight after last-gasp victory

8 May 2016

The manager provides his post-match assessment

Neil Harris has praised his Millwall players for finishing the regular season on 81 points after Lee Gregory's 98th-minute penalty secured a dramatic 2-1 victory over Gillingham on Sunday afternoon.

In blistering sunshine at Priestfield, Aiden O'Brien handed The Lions a second-half lead before Mahlon Romeo was given a straight red card following a challenge on Brennan Dickenson. Defender John Egan, who played the closing stages up front, looking to have secured a point for the home side with an equaliser two minutes into stoppage time but Gregory, after he was fouled by Dickenson, smashed home a spot kick to spark jubilant scenes amongst the travelling Lions faithful.

"What an achievement to get 81 points this season," Harris said.

"When I've asked for Millwall performances and whenever I've questioned their mentality, the players have always responded. I have to give them every credit for that.

"To get a win in today's game, in the circumstances we did, was terrific and the players are delighted in the dressing room. We've been due a late goal this season so it's a real boost ahead of the Play-Off campaign.

"Both sets of fans helped to create a great atmosphere inside the stadium, a hostile one, and I think my players dealt with that extremely well."

The one sour point for The Lions was Romeo's dismissal. The right-back was shown a straight red card and as it stands would miss Millwall's entire Play-Off campaign, regardless of how long it lasts.

"My first thought was that it was harsh one," Harris added.

"Mahlon is devastated and I certainly feel for him. We will take our time to look at it and make a decision on whether to appeal or not."

Victory secured fourth spot for The Lions and confirmed that their Play-Off Semi-Final opponents would be Bradford City. Millwall will travel to the Coral Windows Stadium next Sunday (12.15pm) before the return leg at The Den on Friday 20th May (7.45pm).

"They are games that we are very much looking forward to," Harris continued.

"There has only been one goal between the sides in the two fixtures this season, so that tells you all you need to know. I'm sure it will be very tight up at their place and at The Den.

"Today's game was the perfect preparation for the two legs. We wanted to go into them not just with a win, but with a really encouraging performance, which we managed to put in.

"Now we have to make sure the players came through the game OK going into Sunday's first leg."

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