MILLWALL manager Neil Harris claimed he was not surprised his League One side knocked Premier League champions Leicester out of the FA Cup.
Right-back Shaun Cummings’ 90th-minute strike sent the Foxes spinning out in round five — despite the home team playing with ten men for most of the second half.
Jake Cooper’s sending-off for a second yellow card just after the break galvanised the Lions but Harris felt his men had always been in with a shot at an upset on Saturday.
‘I think people thought we had a chance, and we did,’ said the Millwall boss. ‘We assumed Claudio [Ranieri] would make changes but the quality of player you are playing against is [still] outstanding.
‘We were the underdog. There is no doubting that. We knew we could cause Leicester problems by playing high-tempo, aggressive football. Am I surprised we won? I wouldn’t say surprised. We knew we would have to catch Leicester cold, which we did for the last half-hour.’
Ranieri, with one eye on Wednesday night’s trip to Sevilla in the Champions League and Leicester’s precarious position just above the Premier League relegation zone, made ten changes at The Den.
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It was a decision which backfired on the Italian and courted fierce criticism from former Foxes striker and lifelong fan Gary Lineker.
Ranieri, however, defended his team selection. ‘We made ten changes also against Derby in the last round and won,’ he said.
‘When you play three matches in nine days you need to give also the opportunity to other players.
‘If you play well and you win, okay, don’t change too much and continue with the same team. But when you don’t play well, you lose a match, you are to give the opportunity to the other players.
‘They showed a good performance 11 v 11 but we lost the desire and the concentration because they found a goal and nobody marked the man.’