Harris sees potential future senior stars after watching Millwall's Cup defeat to Spurs

NEIL Harris said it was "a privilege" to watch Millwall's under-18s at The Den on Monday night against Tottenham in the third round of the FA Youth Cup. 

Billy Mitchell put the Lions ahead and the hosts had chances to wrap up a shock win before J'Neil Bennett equalised in injury-time and Rodel Richards scored an extra-time winner for Spurs.

There were a number of impressive performances for Chris Perry and Larry McAvoy's side with several players seen as potentially good enough to make the step-up to the first team over the coming years.

Spurs' side was packed with underage international and Uefa Youth League (that level's equivalent of the Champions League) experience, and Millwall had enough opportunities to send last season's quarter-finalists out.

Harris went into the home dressing afterwards to praise young players he hopes will one day be in his senior squad.

"It was a privilege to watch the game," Harris said. "I thought it was two excellent sides. Tottenham were very good and Millwall were even better.

"The ability of the players, the work rate, the energy, the Millwall spirit about the team was outstanding. There are a lot of players there I think can come through and play at senior level. A couple of players really stood out.

"It was a shame because they deserved to win the game. They took a team that beat Barcelona 2-0 last week all the way to extra-time and pinned them back in that period as well.

"It was a great advert for youth football, it was a proper football match. The players on the pitch showed everything it means to play for this club and to play in cup competition football."

Above: Sam Skeffington tackles Spurs' Dennis Cirkin (Image: Millwall FC) 

John Kelly