Harris: O'Brien's hunger is infectious inside Millwall camp

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NEIL Harris reckons the enthusiasm and hunger of Aiden O'Brien is rubbing off on the rest of the Millwall dressing room.

O'Brien headed in his first senior goal as the Lions drew 2-2 with Brentford on Saturday.

Harris hopes that O'Brien breaking his duck will lead to further goals – but isn't putting any pressure on him to score regularly.

The Millwall boss says the 21-year-old has already been making a vital contribution to the team with his attitude and work ethic.

"It's not necessarily about goals with Aiden – it's his energy, pace and, like Lee Gregory, he's so direct," Harris said.

"Every time he gets the ball, he wants to go towards goal. He's a character as well – he's hungry to play and people bounce off him.

"He's a bubbly lad and for one so young, he's got a good standing in the group.

"That gives Aiden the belief that he belongs out there with the first team, so scoring against a top team like Brentford will reinforce that confidence.

"Hopefully he'll now kick on but, again, there's no pressure on Aiden to score the goals. I want him to keep his performances going first and foremost.

"What he did for the U21s has led to him getting an opportunity in the first team so I want him to play exactly the same way.

"He should try things on the ball and if he loses it, win it back and try again. I want Aiden to enjoy himself."

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19 thoughts on “Harris: O'Brien's hunger is infectious inside Millwall camp

  • March 25, 2015 at 09:18
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    Keep aiden and Lee together up front please bomber.if they are hungry let them eat up the goals! COYL!!!

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  • March 25, 2015 at 09:31
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    Im glad he wants aiden to enjoy himself. I to fu#king enjoy myself by celebrating a win.

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  • March 25, 2015 at 09:39
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    KJ loaned AOB out to a few clubs when 17-18 ..before the season i read that aiden didn't want to go out on loan again.he felt he was ready.pity clown couldn't see it..the wall future is in good hands

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    • March 25, 2015 at 09:47
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      @Jim28: always a big risk jim playing the youngsters jim, unless they are messi of course! After the damage the mental one did to us, bomber has little to lose and everything to gain. What with the cracking goals the two lads scored at Coventry, and Fred getting better and better, we could be on the verge of something a bit special

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      • March 25, 2015 at 18:49
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        @Geoff the lion: "Never win anything with kids" geoff - I would rather give some young lions a chance than some loanee with no passion for the club or fans ⚽️

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  • March 25, 2015 at 10:10
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    Loved the cushioned header, loved the genuine joy of the goal celebration in front of proper football fans who were only 10 ft away. You just don't get that in the premiership with the fake mercenary imports.
    Really looking forward to next season under bomber whatever division were in !
    And the best of luck to any of our young uns who make into the first team.

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  • March 25, 2015 at 10:15
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    I have been watching a lot of kids football recently and ive noticed every time a new player comes through to the first team the rest of the lads up their game a little, im pretty sure looking at Aiden and Sid its very encouraging for the younger players and hopefully rubs off on the likes of Williams and co

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    • March 25, 2015 at 10:46
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      @mfc2u: Agree with you on that, but it also looks good for future young ones who would look to sign for us, if they have a good chance of progressing to the first team here, we could even attract a better calibre of young player with the possibility of one day playing in our first team.

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  • March 25, 2015 at 11:59
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    Also it was O'BRIEN who lays the ball off to UPSON to hit that killer ball to GREGGO to score.

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  • March 25, 2015 at 12:14
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    This day in age youngsters have a lot more confidence than you'd think, if they are nurtured right and given the opportunity without pressure they can perform. In crisis at the moment maybe, but I definitely think Millwall are on the right track with their stance on younger players. We've got Sid, O'brien, Powell, Onyedinma and Philpot sniffing around the first team. I am excited to see where the next few years takes us, and please Millwall repay our youths hard work by offering them contracts before they are sniffed out by other teams!!!!

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  • March 25, 2015 at 13:12
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    Maybe upson will get a solid run in the team till end of season

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  • March 25, 2015 at 13:42
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    We were so slow in our build up this season....cut out all the tikky tacky stuff Chopper could see it the fans could see it but Ollie couldnt.....pace is so important

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    • March 25, 2015 at 13:47
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      @SE17 Lion: tiki taka and then don't forget the long diagonal straight to the opponents rb

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      • March 25, 2015 at 14:39
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        @sadlier89: you obviously like tikky tacky...direct football aint hoof ball........I d rather win 3-2 than 1-0....win the ball pass to a team mate get the ball forward and hit the target......chess no thanks

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  • March 25, 2015 at 15:40
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    There's no reason why obrien can't copy Harry Kane given time.

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  • March 25, 2015 at 15:49
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    England are allways getting caught out by the oppositions pace....its the same thing at Milklwall 27 years old is old ...the game is for young players now they dont have the fear factor

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  • March 25, 2015 at 19:10
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    Regardless it's bloody hard to feel positive about to draws yes it's pessimistic to say but we all feel were done for which isn't good for us all I'm worried about is next year in the championship or league 1 there will be less investment then due to the ffp and rookie a manager. God forgive me but don't blame me

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  • March 25, 2015 at 19:18
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    Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel Famously said one thing we learn from history is we don't learn from history, in our case not spending monie on fowards since Morrison we've had crap I just hope greggs and o'brian get a chance / stay

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    • March 25, 2015 at 20:35
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      @mfcmike: A great man once said to me,'life is a cabaret old chum,but supporting Millwall is a bum rap

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