Harris makes no excuses as Millwall tumble out of FA Cup

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NEIL Harris was furious with Millwall’s performance as the Lions crashed out of the FA Cup after Wycombe’s Michael Harriman scored deep into injury time to snatch a dramatic 2-1 win.

Ben Thompson looked like he had turned momentum Millwall’s way when his first senior goal for the club in the 57th minute cancelled out Paul Hayes’ opener.

But Gareth Ainsworth’s Wycombe kept their composure and grabbed a deserved second goal in the fourth minute of time added on to put the Chairboys into Monday night’s draw for the third round.

And Harris admitted his side deserved nothing from the game.

“There was only one team out there who played a cup tie and it wasn’t Millwall,” Harris said. “I reminded the players (at half-time) that they were playing an FA Cup game against a team that was committed and direct and came with a game plan to get about us and bully us.

“The first half we let them do it. The second half we competed much better but it still wasn’t good enough by our standards.”

Asked if tiredness had been a factor in the flatness of the performance, Harris wasn’t making any excuses.

He said: “It’s the mentality of the group, the mentality of the senior players. Younger players will learn as they go, senior players have got to be better, stronger, mentally stronger.

“They can be tricky games, as we found out today. If you’re not mentally right for the challenge that Wycombe gave us and that we knew we were going to face, then you come unstuck. That was the case today.”

John Kelly