Charlton clash is perfectly-timed for Millwall, says Harris

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NEIL Harris reckons a fiery south London derby with Charlton presents the perfect opportunity for Millwall to end their "hoodoo" at The Den.

The Lions' 13-game winless run at home, which stretches back to October, is the longest in the club's history.

But Harris says the prospect of three points against the Addicks has got his players fired up.

"This, for me, is the most perfect fixture that we could have," Harris said "We're excited by it and we're looking forward to it, as are the fans.

"We know that it will be an extremely tough fixture because Guy Luzon has got Charlton playing really well and their results have picked up since he came in.

"It will be tough but we're up for it."

Millwall have drawn two and lost one of Harris' first three games in charge.

"We've shown a lot of positives but the performances we've had haven't been rewarded with the points that we've deserved, but you have to start somewhere," Harris added.

"The biggest buzz of all is the fact that we're coming together – the fans are identifying with the team and the players are fired up by the support they've had.

"All they need to do is keep giving what they've been giving because our first win isn't far away, and that's a real plus for us.

"We'll go again on Friday and I'm desperate for us all – the whole club – to get back to winning ways at The Den and end this hoodoo."

Harris knows from his playing days that clashes with Charlton are always of huge significance.

"I can't wait for this one," he added. "This is one of the top games of the season. Irrespective of the league position the two teams are in, it's a massive game.

"We're certainly looking for a performance that backs up the performances we've had in the last few games. The boys don't need to be told how big the game is.

"Considering our home form of late, for the boys to be looking forward to this so much and wanting to have a right go is testament to how far we've come.

"Yes, of course, it's a local derby and there'll be a big crowd so there will be a bit of anxiety and adrenaline but we as a group can't wait and we're looking forward to it.

"The players will give it their all because they know the fans are with them. The fans will see a confidence and an aggression in us that the situation demands."

One of Harris' last south London derbies as a player was a 4-0 win over the Addicks during Kenny Jackett's reign – when the Lions were a force to be reckoned with at The Den.

"That's what we want to recreate but it won't happen overnight and we are all aware of that," Harris said.

"We've got a group that’s coming together and a core of players that are committed to the club for next season as well, and they're showing a togetherness.

"Yes, we're tweaking things tactically and style-wise but that togetherness is what we asked for.

"The Millwall team that beat Charlton that day had come together over a period of time but it epitomised what the club's about and what good Millwall sides have always had.

"That's where we want to get to. I felt that process started against Brighton in small spells. We've got to sustain those spells and feel confident about playing at home."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

15 thoughts on “Charlton clash is perfectly-timed for Millwall, says Harris

  • April 2, 2015 at 14:20
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    DONT WANNA GO EASY ON THEM ( CHARLTON), AND BETTER NOT LOSE EITHER, OR POOR, POOR ATTENDENCES NEXT SEASON, HAS THE BOARD THOUGHT OF THAT? NO ONE LIKES US, WE DONT CARE. THE STORM.

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    • April 2, 2015 at 14:41
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      @bermlion: i've noticed since tha school holidays started there's been more dislikes when you mention the trainspotters....miilllllllllllll

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      • April 2, 2015 at 14:48
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        @Jim28: I just hope they don't leave any dirty protests in the away bogs again.

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  • April 2, 2015 at 14:55
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    I work in Charlton and the locals reckon they'll get a win, apparently some little scroats are coming with fireworks to the ground and the younger fans fancy themselves after supposedly turning us over in some pub hahaha

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