Date: 3rd February 2016 at 7:22pm
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Manager Neil Harris has said he was proud of the performance of the boys in last night’s overall loss to Oxford United.

Having lost the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Area Final first leg two nil and given ourselves a mountain to climb, a Lee Gregory goal gave Millwall the one nil win on the night but obviously we go out on aggregate.

Whilst Harris admitted being that close to Wembley but falling at the last hurdle had been a disappointment, he had to be proud of how the team approached the game and tried to over turn the deficit.

Speaking to the official site in his post game press conference, the gaffer explained.

‘I’m proud of the players for the belief, desire and passion they showed tonight. 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.’

With Mark Beevers being shown red, it hampered our chances of getting the second goal and Harris went on to say he knew it had cost us really.

‘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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