Cummings: Millwall players have belief back under Harris

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SHAUN Cummings believes Neil Harris' Millwall know-how is helping him make the transition into management at The Den.

Harris took charge of the Lions for the third time against Brentford on Saturday as they were held to a 2-2 draw – despite leading with five minutes to go.

But while Harris was left feeling "gutted" about the result, Cummings says the 37-year-old has restored confidence and belief to the dressing room since his appointment.

Millwall's all-time leading scorer has a unique knowledge of the club and Cummings reckons that is already rubbing off on the players.

"He's got his own philosophy," Cummings said. "Obviously he played at the club for a number of years and knows it inside out. Chopper knows what the fans like to see.

"To have him here, with what he knows about Millwall, is working for the team. You can see that. We've got our belief back and we're playing well but we need to get a win."

Goals from Lee Gregory and Aiden O'Brien had put the Lions in a commanding position but Alex Pritchard (penalty) and Moses Odubajo snatched a point for the Bees.

"We were in a comfortable position at 2-0 but we knew that Brentford are a good passing team and always look to create chances," Cummings added.

"That's why they are where they are in the league.

"It was always going to be a difficult game for us. We did well to get the two goals but it's disappointing for all of us that we couldn't see the game out."

Harris' side couldn't hold on but the 1,614 Lions fans at Griffin Park chanted "we've got our Millwall back" during the second half.

"We're playing for the fans who come week in, week out," Cummings said. "To have their support in a big London derby, and to have them back on side, is very good.

"The main thing is to work hard and get a win for the fans because they're giving us good support, which we're grateful for."

The Lions are seven points away from safety with seven games to go – but Cummings believes there is a still a chance that the club could stay up.

"No matter what position you're in, until it's mathematically impossible then there is always hope," he said. "The players realise that and the manager has told us to believe.

"We've always got hope. You can see from the way we played that we haven't given up and even though we're in a difficult position, we'll always work hard and try our best."

Millwall's players were devastated when the final whistle blew against Brentford and they have ten days to stew on that result before Charlton visit The Den.

"If you're not disappointed after losing a 2-0 lead, then something's wrong," said Cummings. "I'm very disappointed now but we will regroup this week.

"We'll watch the video, Chopper will tell us what he saw and what we could've done better and then we'll take the positives out of it and move forward.

"The disappointment will go over the next few days and we have to focus on the Charlton game."

Staff

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18 thoughts on “Cummings: Millwall players have belief back under Harris

  • March 23, 2015 at 09:22
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    Cummings you mean well.but a lot of the players came on nad saying nice things about the clown..it just looks a suck up from the players all over again

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    • March 23, 2015 at 09:39
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      @Jim28: Is it so hard to have a bit of positiveness? Best I've seen us play in a long while and yes we chucked a great position but you could see at the end how hurt players were too and a couple of months back we wouldn't have seen that.

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      • March 23, 2015 at 10:05
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        @Omer Ronayne: actually I think jim has a point! All too often players come on here and so this ra ra routine and it's wearing thin. We know the value chopper brings and our performances have improved greatly, but we are 8 points adrift and we are relying on teams loosing. Not being a defeatist, just realistic on our situation

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      • March 23, 2015 at 11:00
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        @Omer Ronayne: did you read the article ..no would be the answer cos its a*** licking from start to finish..what a tool

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    • March 23, 2015 at 11:04
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      @Jim28: WELL AND HONESTLY STATED JIM28, LOADS OF TRUE FANS AGREE WITH YOU, AND DONT BOTHER TO COME ON HERE! WE WANT TO HEAR FROM THE PROPER SUPPORTERS, NOT THE 'DIS -LIKERS ONLY.KEEP IT UP MATE.NO ONE LIKES US, WE DONT CARE. STORMIN' NORMAN.

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    • March 23, 2015 at 11:29
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      @Jim28: After such a good performance being ruined at the death by us NOT by Brentford I think all of the guys could do with keeping a low profile! The result didn't match the performance for 85min but at the end of the day we couldnt keep the concerntration levels up for 90! I agree with you Jim - the players need to put the wrongs right on the pitch for the remaining 7 games!

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    • March 23, 2015 at 12:33
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      @benzo:if your post came from a proper fan i might take an offence..bit seeing it comes from a part timer.dont carty much weight

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  • March 23, 2015 at 09:29
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    You just wins some games and believe we ain't had a good spell all season it must be due even if it is to late we could still do it get the momentum going and who knows I know it's wishful thinking but I'm due back in the UK soon and I want to get to the Den and have something to cheer about I don't want to go down there and not see you all fight for the club and fans who pay your wages start earning your keep lads

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