BY RICHARD CAWLEY
Neil Harris wants his Millwall side to rest up over the international break – before the Championship battlers get back into action at Leeds in just under a fortnight’s time.
The Lions bowed out of the FA Cup after a penalty shootout loss to Brighton at The Den today.
Millwall are just above the drop-zone ahead of a trip to Leeds United.
And Harris has spelled out that the priority has always been staying in the Championship – even though the South Londoners came so close to sealing a Wembley semi-final. Instead it is Brighton who go on to face Manchester City in the last four.
The Millwall boss said: “The performance and the result at Birmingham was a big lift for everybody.
“Today we matched and surpassed a Brighton side doing really well in the Premier League.
“The FA Cup has been a great adventure. We’ve had some great days, none more so than today and Everton, but we’ve got nine cup finals to go.
“We have to take those battling qualities, some of the quality we had with the ball and certainly the energy levels and defensive doggedness we had at times into those nine cup finals.
“The biggest game of the season by far, miles bigger than today, is Leeds away in two weeks’ time.
“We’ll enjoy the break, enjoy the rest. We’ve got five games here at The Den in the last eight – they are the games I expect us to win.”
PICTURE BY BRIAN TONKS