MILLWALL boss Neil Harris saw his side win after two defeats – and immediately turned his attention to following it up with three Championship points against Swansea on Saturday.
The Lions are through to the third round of the EFL Cup after a scare against League One Plymouth. The Pilgrims led twice through Jamie Ness and Freddie Lapado, who scored either side of Shaun Williams’ penalty.
Millwall secured their place in the draw for the last 32 of the competition for the first time in four seasons under Harris when substitutes Lee Gregory and Aiden O’Brien scored in the last seven minutes.
After Swansea there is an international break before Leeds United visit The Den.
“It’s always important to win, it’s important to win here at The Den, that’s for sure,” Harris said. “The results on the road were disappointing because we threw points away, not because we got beaten by better teams, no disrespect to them. But they didn’t deserve to beat us, we just gave poor goals away.
“During a challenging period for all of us we had two poor results. Millwall lose a couple of games nowadays and it’s the end of the world. Well it’s not. It’s a realisation that we’re not a top-two team. We all have to remember that.
“The importance of tonight was not just coming off the back of two defeats, but it’s the first of three home games and I want to win all three games. Tonight was important because I demand that from a team that plays at The Den, that we win our home games, or try to the best of our ability to win them.
“It’s the first of three chalked off, we’ve got a massive game on Saturday and all that matters in our season now is Saturday’s game. We play against a really good Swansea side with expectations of getting promoted.”
Harris was pleased with Millwall’s performance, particularly after the break, when they created numerous chances and won after crosses from either flank from Jiri Skalak and then Jed Wallace to set up the goals.
“We deserved to win the game, we dominated it from the first whistle, I think that was clear,” Harris said. “We gave two rubbish goals away, again. You give poor goals away then you give yourself a chance of getting beat.
“That’s what we’ve done the last couple of weeks, and I reiterated again to the group that we have to be better.
“I’m really pleased with a lot of the stuff tonight. Some of the use of the ball was really good in the first half, second half it was outstanding.
“We created lots of chances and I think Tom Elliott will be disappointed he didn’t come off with the match ball.
“Plymouth made it tough in the sense that they got everyone behind the ball and let us have it. We’re not used to that at The Den, but we certainly learned from the weekend at Rotherham when we had that and didn’t use the ball quite so wisely.
“Tonight I was really pleased with the movement, and the deliveries into the box got better as the game went on.”
"I was really pleased overall with the players. Ultimately tonight was all about getting into the next round, and we’ve done that."
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