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How Neil Harris made a costly rare mistake for Millwall in the week

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Neil Harris has worked wonders for Millwall since he was given the job as manager and he deserves huge credit for how easily they have adapted to life back into the Championship this season.

However, the Lions boss made a big error in fielding a weakened side for their FA Cup replay at Rochdale last Tuesday.

The Londoners ultimately fell to a 1-0 defeat at Spotland in a game that was played on a diabolical pitch, but Harris’ decision to bring in so many fringe players was hard to fathom.

As the draw had been made, the prospect of Tottenham at home awaited the winner and that would’ve been a massive occasion for the club.

Firstly, the fans. Millwall followers would’ve loved the chance to play Spurs at The Den and it really would’ve been a memorable atmosphere in front of a sold out stadium.

Then, the finances. Given the absurd money that is about in football today it’s easy to forget that certain clubs rely on cup runs to generate income.

Whilst Millwall are not in such a state, there’s no doubt that the television revenue and gate receipts would have been a real boost to the club.

Obviously, Harris had last night’s game against Cardiff City in mind but the reality is that Millwall’s season is effectively over.

They have too many points, and are too good, to go down and they can’t mount any sort of play-off challenge.

A top-half finish is inevitably going to be the target for Harris and Millwall and would be an excellent achievement, but supporters would sacrifice a few positions in the league for the chance to take on a top Premier League side in Spurs at home.

Harris has done a fine job at Millwall but he got it wrong in the week.

Thoughts, Millwall fans? Let us know in the comments below.

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