Neil Harris remains upbeat after his Millwall side crashed out of the FA Cup following a 6-0 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.
Despite disposing of top-flight sides Bournemouth, Watford and Premier League Champions Leicester on their journey to the quarter-finals, the Lions had no answers to an emphatic Spurs side playing their last FA Cup game at White Hart Lane before their temporary move to Wembley next season.
A Son Heung-min hat-trick and goals from Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli, Vincent Janssen ended a historic 17-game unbeaten run for Millwall.
Speaking to Millwall’s official site, Harris spoke of the importance of his side’s impressive cup run: “It’s been a great distraction for us. People talk about cup competitions as not needed, things that get in the way – for us, it’s given us momentum and inspiration”.
The Lions will now need to carry that momentum into their final 11 games of the season as they seek promotion from League One.
Millwall are in contention for automatic promotion, sitting sixth, six points off second-placed Fleetwood Town and four points above Southend United in seventh.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Harris said: “I’m proud of what we’ve achieved in this competition but it means nothing if we don’t now go and get promoted into the Championship”.
The Lions still have away games against Sheffield United and Fleetwood Town, table toppers and second-placed respectively, but will be motivated by the fact they won both home fixtures earlier in the season.
First, Millwall welcome Bury at the Den on Saturday 18th, 3pm kick-off.