No complaints from Millwall boss after cup loss

NEIL Harris felt Fred Onyedinma’s missed penalty “swung the game” as Millwall lost 3-1 to Wycombe in the second round of the EFL Trophy.

Onyedinma had the chance to put Millwall 2-1 up in the 72nd minute after he had been fouled by Aaron Pierre, but saw his spot-kick saved by Jamal Blackman.

Former Millwall striker Adebayo Akinfenwa had put Wycombe ahead from the spot after Sid Nelson fouled Stephen McGinn, before David Worrall’s cross eluded Blackman at his near post and crept in.

Garry Thompson struck twice in the last five minutes to send Wycombe through to the last 16 of the competition.

“I thought Fred was outstanding and it was a shame that he was the one to miss the penalty,” Harris said. “I think it swung the game, if that goes in…there are no guarantees but we were in the ascendancy, we were well on top.

“We gave a poor second goal away, we should have cleared our lines but we didn’t and then the third one we get caught high up the pitch and are done in behind.

“But I’ve no complaints. It was a competitive game, I don’t think there was a lot of quality, neither side played particularly well. It was a game of few chances.

“I’m disappointed with some aspects of it, certainly the defeat. I hate getting beaten and I certainly don’t like losing at The Den.

“Quickly our attention switches to Shrewsbury on Saturday.

“I certainly picked a team tonight that was capable of beating Wycombe.

“We will look at freshening the team up on Saturday and get a few players back that were struggling tonight. We’ll look at picking a team that will put in a really good performance on Saturday.”

Wycombe have won six games in succession, and Chairboys boss Gareth Ainsworth was thrilled with his side’s second victory over Millwall in just over a year after they won 2-1 at The Den in the second round of the FA Cup last season.

“Neil Harris is a great manager, it’s a tough place to come…and it’s a real scalp for us,” Ainsworth said.

Meanwhile Ainsworth is keen to keep hold of Lions winger Paris Cowan-Hall whose loan deal at Wycombe expires on January 1.

Ainsworth said: “He’s done well for us and there’s more to come from him. I want to keep the majority of the players with me that we took risks on at the start of the year.”

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John Kelly