Millwall were brutally dumped out of the FA Cup by Brighton on Sunday, with the Lions blowing a 2-0 lead and bowing out after penalties in heartbreaking fashion.
To a man, Neil Harris’ side were diligent in their defending and aggressive on the attack – the boss will surely be immensely proud of his side’s effort, although he doesn’t sound happy with Shane Ferguson one bit.
Well, speaking about his side’s defiant performance at The Den, Harris said:
“In extra-time, you have to lift yourself and go again, and I said to the boys that we started with nothing, and we were now 90 minutes further down the line. We dug in and decided to play with the 5-4-1 to get through to penalties, and then it becomes a lottery. The one major disappointment I do have is Shane Ferguson’s red card – it’s not acceptable on a football pitch.”
With mere minutes of extra-time remaining, Millwall looked set to head to penalties with their heads held high after a fantastic showing against Premier League opposition, although Ferguson unfortunately lost his.
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The 27-year-old inexplicably stamped on Seagulls defender Lewis Dunk, raking the England international’s ankle with his studs – an action which led to his deserved dismissal at the death.
The Northern-Irishman was made to watch the ensuing drama off-field and put a dampener on a great afternoon for everyone involved with and at Millwall, whose fans and players did the club proud.
Harris’ scathing comments, highlighting Ferguson’s moment of madness as the “one major disappointment” despite ‘keeper Dave Martin’s 90th minute howler, perhaps indicate that the Lions number 11 will have some explaining to do this week. It will surely take a lot for him to make it up to his boss and he could spend some time warming the bench.