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Harris praises 'outstanding character' of his Millwall side

30 April 2017

The boss reviews Sunday's dramatic win

Neil Harris said his Millwall side had 'outstanding character' after they beat Bristol Rovers 4-3 to secure a Sky Bet League One Play-Off spot in dramatic fashion.

Shaun Hutchinson found the top corner with a thumping 84th-minute header to secure a result which sees The Lions finish sixth - fighting off final day competition from Southend United and Rochdale - and set up a Semi-Final against Scunthorpe United.

Harris' men raced into an early two-goal lead thanks to efforts from Lee Gregory and Tony Craig before former Lion Jermaine Easter pulled one back for the hosts. Striker Gregory then restored Millwall's two-goal advantage, tapping home after excellent work from Steve Morison, but Rovers got level with long-range strikes either side of half-time from Chris Lines and Billy Bodin.

But the visitors were not to be undone and secured a thrilling victory six minutes from time - earning praise from the manager in the process. 

"First of all I just want to say how delighted I am for the boys," Harris said. "We set out for a top six finish this season and they've achieved that on top of going on a phenomenal FA Cup run, so full credit to the players for their efforts.

"Talk about twist and turns. It was a game that had everything from start to finish.

"Some of our play in the first-half was brilliant and we deserved to be in front. We opened them up on several occasions and scored some high quality goals.

"It's disappointing that they then come back to equalise but the lads have shown outstanding character to go on and win the game late on. It was a terrific header from Shaun and typified everything that was good about us today.

"We had players throwing themselves in front of shots all afternoon to preserve what we had and now it's about recovering for Thursday."

The Lions will face Scunthorpe United in the Semi-Final first leg and Harris believes his side will have to be at their best to secure a positive result going into Sunday's game at Glanford Park.

"There promises to be two very tough games," he added.

"Scunthorpe have got some dangerous players and have been in the promotion fold all season long. We know we are going to have to be every bit as good as we were when we beat them at home recently.

"Play-Off games at The Den are always very special occasions and I'm sure it will be rocking come that first whistle. That support will be crucial."

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