Harris "gutted" after Millwall let lead slip at Brentford

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NEIL Harris was left feeling "gutted" after Millwall let slip a two-goal lead against Brentford on Saturday.

Goals either side of half time from strike duo Lee Gregory and Aiden O'Brien had put the Lions in the driving seat at Griffin Park.

But the Bees scored twice in the closing stages to rescue a point – and deny Harris his first win as a manager.

"I'm definitely gutted for my players – I thought they were outstanding again," said the Millwall boss.

"But if you get 2-0 up with five minutes to go, you expect to see the game out.

"It's probably where we are as a club that, albeit against a good footballing team, we didn't see it out.

"So yeah, we're feeling down. We'll pick ourselves up for the next huge game but the positives were there for all to see."

Alex Pritchard's penalty and Moses Odubajo's low drive rescued a point for Brentford when Millwall looked to be heading for three vital points.

And Harris admitted it wasn't easy giving a post-match team talk to his players, who were shell-shocked when the final whistle went.

"What can you say to the boys?" Harris said.

"I've been a player in that situation so I really feel for them. If there were mistakes made for the goals, we'll learn from them.

"We'll talk it through as a group because there's no finger-pointing. We're in it together.

"Unfortunately a good bit of skill cost us a penalty, and then you're thinking 'come on boys, just stay strong and see it out'.

"The ball gets cleared in the box, it could've gone anywhere or to anybody but it falls straight to a good player who puts the ball in the net."

But Harris was full of praise for goal-scorers Gregory and O'Brien, who were a constant thorn in the side of Brentford's back four.

"We just felt that we could hurt Brentford with two strikers playing high up the pitch and it worked for 85 minutes," Harris said.

"We changed it slightly from the Brighton game. Gary Taylor-Fletcher has done really well for us and he's a great link on the pitch, but we went with those two.

"I was delighted with Gregory's goal – not just the finish, but the movement and the through ball. He's deserved that goal and he's a top, top player.

"He's got outstanding movement and is an excellent finisher. In the way we're playing, he'll score lots of goals for this club in the future.

"Aiden's goal was also an outstanding move – a great ball into the box and a terrific header. It's really important for him to score his first goal."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

61 thoughts on “Harris "gutted" after Millwall let lead slip at Brentford

  • March 21, 2015 at 16:35
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    Neil feels gutted ... Welcome to the club.

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    • March 21, 2015 at 23:21
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      @teddy.T: great to see us scoring goals and acctually looking like a good team again for 85 minutes but fir me i still believe we can do this come on you lions

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  • March 21, 2015 at 16:41
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    Why sub a lad who's just scored his first senior goal and was absolutely buzzing? Why change a team that were working together?

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  • March 21, 2015 at 16:44
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    A fair analysis - they gave it their best, but not holding a 2-0 lead show's the fragility of this team. Gutted is what we're all feeling, but at least today's performance has restored a bit of pride. Two weeks off now to prepare for the next game - and who better to break our home hoodoo than against our nerdy neighbours.

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    • March 21, 2015 at 17:16
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      @Micky Lions:

      they are 21 points above us - not long ago it was about 5 points - dream on

      with the exception of a couple, it is not these players that will do well for us next year

      Gregory O'Brien will be okay - fred and PCH need to do well and we need an experienced manager who can recruit 3 good quality pros to be solid for us in midfield and provide an answer to our defence when hoo and harding leave - as I keep saying , these games mean f*** all to next year - so what if we beat Charlton , what do they carenew team or forget it --- if we go down the abdou dunne route again then shhot me

      TO ALL THOSE CLEVER c**** WHO SAID WE WERE ALREADY DOWN SO DONT WORRY ABOUT THE DROPPED POINTS , LOOK WHAT ROTHERHAM JUST DID - IF WE HAD WON WE WOULD BE 5 PTS BEHIND THEM - THEIR NEXT TWO GAMES ARE AWAY - A WIN AGAINST CHARLTOM MIGHT HAVE PUT US 2 PTS BEHIND - OH BUT DONT WORRY , ABOUT LOSING THE LEAD , WE TRIED HARD AND THAT IS ALL THAT COUNTS - SEE YOU IN LEAGUE ONE

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      • March 21, 2015 at 18:08
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        Don't get too carried away with what Rotherham have been up to. They beat us easily enough. We've got games against Watford, Derby and Wolves. Can you honestly say that if we won today it would have made any difference? Seriously? Get used to the fact that we will be relegated.it makes Saturday afternoons much more bearable mate. I do like the positives you've taken though. Gregs and OB up front are forming a good partnership by the sound of things.

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      • March 21, 2015 at 18:38
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        @timchimes: AND IF WE WERENT s*** AND HAD BEATEN ROTHERHAM HOME AND AWAY RATHER THAN LOSING BOTH WE WOULD ARLEADY BE ABOVE THEM!!!
        IF IF IF!

        Face facts we are 23rd in the league for a very good reason. We cannot score enough, we cannot defend and on the rare occasion we do have the opportunity to win a game we cannot hold on.

        Not going to catch Wigan let alone Rotherham.

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          • March 23, 2015 at 06:43
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            @lion.ie: I don't agree. The reason is mismanagement of the club for longer than the 18 months IH was here.

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      • March 21, 2015 at 18:59
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        @timchimes: No one wants to admit we're down and I'm sure at 2-0 we were all thinking the impossible. But you can't escape the fact this team isn't good enough to put a run together.

        Harris is doing his best trying to rebuild confidence and get us playing better football, but there's only so much you can do with this set of players he's been left. We picked up nearly a third of our points total in August, since when we've only won once at home. I'd love to catch Rotherham (and Wigan), but it's just not going to happen.

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  • March 21, 2015 at 16:52
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    You got it right today Neil,the boys let you down.

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    • March 22, 2015 at 09:55
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      @eddielarge: Eddie, I think he got the sub wrong GTF coming on for AO'B need to hold the ball up ,look for the fouls and run the clock down, I think Deigo would have been a better call, defo after the pen.
      But I still dont think that the 3 points would save us the damage was done weeks ago but it would have given us a lift for the Good Friday game.

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  • March 21, 2015 at 16:58
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    Why didn't he not make substitutions when we went 2-1 down to waste time ?

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  • March 21, 2015 at 17:01
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    Richard Chaplow scores last minute winner for Ipswich

    that is all you need to know about our season

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    • March 21, 2015 at 18:18
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      @timchimes: why not focus on the positives for once..

      HRris has had three games in the chair and all your worried about is what chaplows done?

      Stop looking at the past for once,

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      • March 21, 2015 at 18:39
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        @brockleysfinest:

        why can't I see things for what they are ?? why do I have to be deluded?

        chaplow is a talented player who was managed very badly by IH - it is typical of how we let good players go (grabban) and replace them with inferior ones - if you look at the league table you will see us 7 pts from safety having not won at home for a record 12 games - being 2 nil up with 5 mins to play and not winning, to me is not very positive - it is indicative of the same failings - the point of looking at the past is to learn from it - we are not very good at that - whether Harris makes a good manager is conjecture - he can only be judged by what his teams do - it is not negative to point out weaknesses, it is analytical - Perhaps if either of our last two manager and AA had shown more analysis of what went on, on the pitch, we wouldn't be where we are - So being 'gutted' about the result is totally incidental; it doesn't matter how you feel afterwards, what counts is what you do on the field to affect the play and the result.

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        • March 21, 2015 at 19:32
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          @timchimes: Harris didn't bring chaplow in and he didn't let him go so what's that got to do with today??
          Same as grabban!!
          f*** me we could bang on about if buts and maybes all week long. It's got fuckall to do with Harris so for once lets just be grateful that we scored two today, that's a step on the right direction surely!

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        • March 22, 2015 at 11:05
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          @timchimes: oh mr chimes , I do not post here often but felt the need today. Do not take this as criticism at all but I feel that your posts can only be labelled pragmatic at best. They remind me of Victor Meldrew at his best , reacting only to what is factually correct and basing every action and comment on these facts. But where is the hope! The acknowledgement of the possibility of a better or more colourful future ! In short where is the fun - without the hope of improvement - and yes it can still get worse ! (Though not much worse than sitting on my hands in Brentfords family enclosure yesterday as we unravelled)...... In short and and pragmatic terms there are times when it seems like you could be a cyberman and most of the other posters on here could be the doctor or his assistant seeing the world in colour and not black and white. Even though we dropped the points it was the most colourful performance of this rather black and white season....

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  • March 21, 2015 at 17:25
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    Apparently Chaplows goal was unbelievable a 65 yard curler from the treatment room down the tunnel round the stands and straight in the top corner .

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  • March 21, 2015 at 17:54
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    I agree with it being the wrong substitution.
    Dont take off a striker that us buzzing with his first goal and replace him with a fat slow replacement when your two up with 20 mins to go.
    Should of been gueye or the hoff or another midfielder to see the game out. Harris will learn from that hopefully but he has done lots right already and Brentford really did steal that point from us today.
    Absoloutely gutted is an understatement.
    Up The Wall.

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  • March 21, 2015 at 18:08
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    Real sickener not see the game out today but the performance of our front 2 was really encouraging, gregs is getting better and better and AB is green as grass still but could turn into anything ! As far as the management question is concerned I'm nailing my colours to the Neil Harris Dave Livermore partnership to take us forward next season, i wanted someone young with something to prove, and as bomber is in the driving seat now can't see the point in bringing in an outsider. Bomber has got all the goodwill in the world from fans, players and the board so even though its come a bit earlier than everyone expected he's good enough for me.

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    • March 21, 2015 at 18:25
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      @bollocky: spot on mate, got to give Harris a chance now. There's more team spirit and singing from the stands now than before lomas turned up. You've always got the t****** on here that have even got it in for him now but they don't know their a*** from their elbow ..

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  • March 21, 2015 at 18:57
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    Well done Bomber. Great performance but just a shame we couldn't see it through. Encouraging.

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  • March 21, 2015 at 19:19
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    Would you three weeks ago thought we could achieve this result well done all involved thankyou looking forward to next game come on you Wall!!!

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  • March 21, 2015 at 19:26
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    Why all the negativity? This is another step forward. Where these small steps take us this season we still don't know but if and when we do go down we still need to be getting results like this to build a positive feeling for next season. Disappointed to lose a two goal lead so late, but Holloway's team would have rolled over before kick off. Well done Bomber. COYL

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  • March 21, 2015 at 19:44
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    How embarrassed Olly must be feeling a non manager getting players to do the basics and playing with a bit of pride after just a couple of games in charge he was probably to busy counting his money today to even realise how His Millwall were doing .
    I know its early days but Harris is starting to look very managerial to me

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  • March 21, 2015 at 20:58
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    You can pedict what's going to be said on here before logging on.same old s*** said by all

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    • March 21, 2015 at 21:07
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      @scottwall: Scott, whats your opinion of todays games then?, and how do you think things are going since harris took over?

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      • March 21, 2015 at 21:24
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        Even at 2up I been wall supporter far to long to think we would win the game.harris has pulled players together and with bit more luck could of had max points under bomber

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      • March 21, 2015 at 21:29
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        Been a wall supporter far to long to think we hold on when 2up.harris with bit more luck wich aint in millwalls dictionary we would possibly be 9 points better off just by playing the millwall way

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  • March 21, 2015 at 21:03
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    i thought the tactics were just right today except for the last 30 mins when we played deeper and deeper and allowed the brentford midfield most of our half to play in. we should have won we all know that, but in a short space of time harris has got us competing , and gregory and o'brian were excellent, cummings looks good and upson just needs games. williams looks knackered which is a shame, jimmy was jimmy and woolford had a good first half , did brilliantly to cross for our second goal, but then gave his man 10 yards and the penalty. is it me but he seems to do just enough but never pushes himself to get down the line etc?. Hoos looks class, young nelson worries me when he has time, but he is learning. harding is steady. still feeling gutted, but more optimistic for next season with the likes of fred to come back, paris to get stronger.

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    • March 21, 2015 at 21:37
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      Sorry mate I wasnt diggin you out in anyway. Just pi..sed off like us all

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      • March 21, 2015 at 21:43
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        @scottwall: Didnt think that, just interested in others opinions, think yours are similar to mine, i just get carried away once i start, though i take enough stick from my mates, even after all these years ha ha

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        • March 24, 2015 at 22:05
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          @rowanonthewing7: what from charlton mates?if so same here.even tho they aint beaten us for so long they still got braggin rights i think

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  • March 21, 2015 at 21:16
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    We should of got max points from last 3 games.would of been game on

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  • March 21, 2015 at 22:04
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    What does Harris see in Taylor Fletcher? Brings him on as a sub and he misses an easy chance when he gets one to win the game. When you have Fabbrini on the bench as well

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    • March 22, 2015 at 22:25
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      @Shittu's Hankey:
      Haha! Thought he had a bun in the oven when he rued his miss. NOT fit enough at all. But, he does possess a good footballing brain. If he's still here next season I hope he sheds at least 3st. He could be quite a player for us if he can do that.

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  • March 21, 2015 at 22:26
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    went to game today , got to say cant quite believe the negative comments, thats the best i have seen a front 2 play , we are down anyway so obrien and greggs run there b******* off , nelson down great to contain a very dangerous player in gray, cummings had a good game , i think any one with any sense would have taken a draw against a side thats been winning games for fun ,the damage has been done by ollie , so what can harris do , you got to give credit to good manager in warberton, who changed the game with a double sub and went all out attack, harris is a rookie cutting his teeth and will learn in the future, i am confident for next season we have 5 or 6 players in obrien, greggs, cummings , nelson, fred ,paris, with jimmy , upson, and a few more experience players added we have a half decent side ,well done chopper for giving my millwall back , best performance for me

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    • March 22, 2015 at 11:33
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      @munson68: Dead right mate, a performance with a bit of fight and spirit with Gregory putting in a great performance and Warburton saying they were lucky to get a point. And Harris is fielding a team that will likely start next season (with the exception of a few loanees). But the best way to look at it is that we are now 2 games unbeaten and that, my fellow Millwall, is the start of a run!!!

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  • March 21, 2015 at 22:28
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    Remaining fixtures leading to,final,table points
    Fulham 51 pt
    Wall. 44 pt
    Roth. 42 pt
    Wigan. 40 pt
    Blackpool bottom

    Real,or fantasy I think real after Rotherham collapse which was worse than us today Neil's got something going and that's belief it's possible and we didn't lose plus 2 goals we are going to Deliver

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  • March 21, 2015 at 23:40
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    3 wins and a draw will keep us up then? - what's all the fuss about

    wigan are putting together better results now - but only one win and two draws for them

    and Rotherham will only get two draws

    unlikely is the word that springs to mind

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  • March 22, 2015 at 00:03
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    Sounded like we had some good stuff goin on throughout the game but the arsehairs tightened up a bit at the business end. After lookin like it would be a fantastic win, to stumble was incredibly disappointing but there's no other way than to get behind the boys and keep encouraging. Onwards n upwards, keep lookin to be better. Cheers all.

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  • March 22, 2015 at 07:16
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    NEVER MIND, WHAT WILL BE, WILL BE! AS LIONS FANS WE'VE HAD SOME GOOD TIMES AWAY FROM HOME.'NO ONE LIKES US, WE DON CARE' STORMIN' NORMAN.

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  • March 22, 2015 at 10:08
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    what price we don't get a win this season 1-50

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  • March 22, 2015 at 10:42
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    In my book bombers doing well, you have to start somewhere, id have taken a point before the game,if we're gonna go down let's do it with a bit of fight and dignity.cmon you wall.

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  • March 22, 2015 at 12:34
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    Relegation is I believe inevitable. Neil has stepped in and managed well so far. However lets not leave the board off the hook, they are in my opinion mostly responsible for the situation the club has found itself. Two bad managerial appointments, allowing Holloway to remain in charge too long (He should have gone before Christmas) Not putting enough money into the club, scared to take risks and get rid of Ambler. Now not only the club is going to pay the price of their ineptitude but also the loyal supporters.
    If there is to be a cull at Millwall, start with the board.

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  • March 22, 2015 at 17:14
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    Think we were unlucky Brentford scoring two in last six minutes? three goals in last twelve for S Wed but who knows?
    that just might be the start of the miracle we need, dreaeeem dream dream dream dream dreaeem. Some how Third tear football didn't seem so bad at the old Den it was always exciting can't explain why though and we'd run on the pitch at the end win lose or Burtonshaw ;)

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