Neil Harris labels Millwall 'a shambles' after FA Cup exit at Southend
Caretaker manager Neil Harris labelled Millwall "a shambles" after their shock 4-1 defeat at Southend in the FA Cup.
Last Updated: 07/01/14 4:27pm
Harris, who was with the Shrimpers last season, saw his Championship employers extend their winless streak to six matches on his return to Roots Hall.
And Jermaine Easter's red card, for a stamp on Ben Coker just before half-time, also infuriated Harris.
"The boys let themselves down today, we weren't good enough and all four goals were a shambles," fumed Harris.
"Jermaine Easter has let himself down and more importantly the team after his sending-off right before half-time but I thought we were second best all over the pitch and it's not good enough.
"The key factor today was how we defended, we've conceded more than 50 goals this season now and after how we've defended here at Roots Hall I'm not surprised by that stat.
"We tried to be patient in the second half because we can't chase the game with 10 men. (Martyn) Woolford's goal gave us a bit of hope but Southend killed the game off well."
Millwall's best hopes of avoiding a humiliating defeat was a floodlight failure which saw both teams leave the pitch for 15 minutes in the first half.
By then the Shrimpers were already in front after Barry Corr headed home John White's right-wing cross for his ninth goal in his last 12 FA Cup appearances.
After the floodlights failed and came back on, Easter was dismissed in the 44th minute before Southend immediately doubled their lead with Will Atkinson keeping his cool when clean through on goal.
Michael Timlin made it 3-0 in the 57th minute with his first goal since February 2012 but seven minutes later Millwall got back into the game, with Woolford volleying home after controlling a right-wing cross from Steve Morison.
But Southend stood firm and completed the scoring in stoppage time when Ryan Leonard burst through to slam a rising shot into the top left-hand corner of the net.
That made sure of a place in the fourth round for the first time since 2008 for the Shrimpers and delighted their manager Phil Brown.
"I'm so proud of the players and the performance they've put in but I think our man of the match has to be the stadium manager Dave Jobson for getting the game to finish," said Brown.
"I was starting to worry about whether or not the floodlights were going to come back on and as a former electrician myself I was going to go and have a look!
"However, it's the first time it's happened here in 50 years and this is a game I'm sure everyone connected with the club is going to remember for some time."