Millwall boss Harris: 'I'd love to play Crystal Palace at The Den'

NEIL Harris explained what he believes is behind Millwall’s FA Cup runs under him after his side reached the quarter-finals for the second time in three years with a 1-0 win over AFC Wimbledon on Saturday.

Murray Wallace scored an early goal at Kingsmeadow to secure the Lions’ place in Monday evening’s draw.

“Why does the FA Cup bring out the best in us as a club? Well, if you think about cup ties, what they mean, what’s needed, it’s not always the best team that wins the game and it’s not always the best footballing team that wins the game,” Harris said. “It’s the team with the biggest heart, with the right mentality that can win first balls, second balls, set-plays. That’s why I think we’ve been so good under me in this competition.

“I’m a very happy manager, but I said to the players as happy as I am now, our attention turns quickly to Derby on Wednesday.”

Millwall have banked another £360,000 in prize money after their fifth-round victory.

Harris added: “It’s huge. I’m pleased for the chairman and the board who have put their own money in and don’t get any return for it.

“It cuts the losses and helps us moving forward.

“We’re a club that’s had some bad press. Football has had bad press recently, and rightly so, we need to be better – in society in general, it’s important to say.

“But today, people are talking about Millwall being in the last eight of the best cup competition in the world.”

Harris was asked who he wanted in the quarter-finals and said: “I want to be at home. No disrespect to Donny [Doncaster Rovers] but if Palace get through tomorrow I’d love to play them at The Den.

"Just to be where we are is a great achievement. I think we’ll avoid Man City if we can, no disrespect to Newport.

“To be at The Den and give 20,000 of our fans an opportunity to see another FA Cup quarter-final – I’d love to see that.”

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John Kelly