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EFL Trophy not a priority for Millwall – but still helped bring...

EFL Trophy not a priority for Millwall – but still helped bring Harry Smith to fore

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Neil Harris reckons there were plenty of positives from Millwall’s EFL Trophy campaign – even if it wasn’t a key tournament for the club.

The Lions bowed out of the competition with a 3-1 defeat to Wycombe on Tuesday night.

Harris said: “I’ll be honest, it wasn’t top of our agenda to try and win this competition. But I love winning and, more importantly, hate losing. Losing hurts. I want to win every game we’re involved in.

“It’s important to see a reaction on Saturday against a Shrewsbury side rejuvenated under a new manager. We have to make sure our focus from this moment on is that match.”

But Harris admitted that the tournament has had its plusses.

“Harry Smith has been the find in it,” said the Lions chief. “Kris Twardek has shown glimpses of his quality and athleticism. Tom King has played all four games we’ve had. Shaun Cummings has got minutes at The Den.

“There have been so many debuts this year in it and winning three group games. It certainly serves its purpose for us.”

Sports Editor | South London Press sports editor since 2007 who has covered huge sporting events for the paper – Crystal Palace’s Championship play-off final, two trips to Wembley in the FA Cup and David Haye’s world heavyweight unification fight with Wladimir Klitschko. Previously sub-edited on the Sunday Mirror, Daily Star and Sport First. Former ClubCall deputy editor.

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