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"It's a fantastic moment for everybody connected with Millwall," says Harris

18 February 2017

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Neil Harris praised the "electric" atmosphere inside The Den as Millwall advanced to the Quarter-Finals of The Emirates FA Cup with a 1-0 defeat of Leicester City on Saturday afternoon.

A 90th-minute Shaun Cummings winner edged a tight contest for the ten-man Lions, after Jake Cooper was shown a second yellow card shortly into the second-half.

The result means Millwall have knocked out three Premier League teams in the competition this season and for the first time ever. 

"We knew at key moments we'd have to ride our luck, defend well, block balls on the line, rely on our goalkeeper - and we did for 30 minutes.

"After that, we grew into the game. It's about how we get up the park and how we use the ball. Our decision making got better, we forced Leicester back deeper and we built some pressure - that was key.

"My players didn't freeze. The red card galvinised the stadium. It was electric in the second-half. It carried my players and my players carried the stadium. The pressing, the closing down, the chances created was everything you could ever want from a Millwall team."

Cummings' last-minute strike was his second in The Emirates FA Cup this season, after scoring in the Third Round against AFC Bournemouth. 

Harris admitted that he lost his inhibitions when the goal went in, but stated that the victory "didn't just happen."

"I've got to be honest, I think I lost my cool a bit when the goal went in! It's a fantastic moment and a moment for everybody connected with Millwall in the stadium.

"There's been something about The FA Cup for this club since 2004. I've got a fantastic dressing room and great spirit. Results like that don't just happen - we've got quality and we've got spirit and an understanding. We've got ourselves to the Quarter-Final and we look forward to the next round."

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