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Sky Bet League One Play-Off Final: Manager reaction

20 May 2017

It was delight for Millwall in the Sky Bet League One Play-Off Final at Wembley Stadium as Steve Morison scored the only goal of the game to send the Lions into the Championship.

Millwall boss Neil Harris - a Play-Off Final winner as a player, and now manager - was rightfully delighted after the final whistle.

He knows only too well what it feels like to lose at Wembley on such an occasion after his side were beaten by Barnsley in last season’s final.

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“It’s a big contrast in feeling to last year,” he exclaimed in the post-match press conference. “I’m a happy manager today.

“The character my squad have shown throughout the season and the match today is brilliant. To bounce back from a Play-Off Final defeat here is phenomenal.

“We had difficult spells this season when it didn’t quite come together. We showed desire and camaraderie, though. At any stage this season when we’ve needed a big moment, they’ve produced it.”

The win sees Millwall return to the Sky Bet Championship after a two-season absence, and it’s a challenge Harris is looking forward to.

“The Championship is a fantastic league,” he added.

“I’ve got a really good core of players, and great spirit. But there’s no doubt we’ll need to add to this group over the summer.

“I’ve got some players that have been there before and some young players that haven’t played at that level. I’ll take the next day or two to consider options on how we move forward.”

Gallery: Click here to see images from the Sky Bet League One Play-Off Final

In the losing dugout, it was Bradford boss Stuart McCall.

Despite being on the end of a disappointing Wembley defeat, the Bantams manager couldn’t hide his pride when talking about his side’s performance.

“I couldn’t have asked for more from my players this season,” he explained. “It was hard to say anything to them at the end of the game, they were devastated.

“It was nip and tuck, they got the one goal that decided the game and that’s about that.

“It’s fine lines in football isn’t it? We had 60 per cent possession and played well but they put us under a lot of pressure from crosses and set-pieces, which I think we dealt with admirably.

“Their keeper has pulled of a brilliant save to stop us from going a goal up in the first half, so we definitely had our chances.

“But congratulations to Neil and his staff, I now know how they must have felt last season. For him and his players to bounce back is brilliant.”

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