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Neil Harris delighted with Cup win

4 November 2016

Lions boss praises battling display against Southend United

Lions boss Neil Harris was delighted to be in the hat for Monday's Second Round draw after Friday night's narrow 1-0 Emirates FA Cup victory over Southend United at The Den.

He said: "There are two ways to look at it. We weren't the better team but that's Cup football. In the second half we didn't keep the ball well enough and didn't use it well enough. For some reason they seemed to have more legs than us.

"But making the change with 15 minutes to go changed things. There were two moments of quality, Jordan's save at 1-0 and the goal. Marlon still has plenty to learn on the defensive side and he's doing that every day. However, going forward he's a threat he produced an excellent finish.

"The loss of Steve Morison and Ben Thompson affected us. We didn't find ways of hurting Southend until the change. I thought Southend got in our faces and made things difficult for us at times.

"On the plus side we showed great character and resilience, we kept a clean sheet and we're in the next round of the Cup.

"It was an ideal opportunity for Shaun Hutchinson to come in for his first 90 minutes and he showed his aggression and bravery. He's till a bit rusty but he'll get better with time."

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