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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  • April 2, 2015 at 15:45
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    Until Harris took over I thought the train loving nonce cases might turn us over and turn us over badly but now I think it will be close. They don't deserve to beat us and they never do, a bunch of self righteous better than you we are so perfect group of supporters you will come across. They are obsessed with us just look at there forum every other thread is about us it's so sad but what else would you expect from a club with no soul or passion. To us it's just a local derby against our friendly neighbours but to them it's there cup final. Even if we lose and go down we can still look in the mirror and be proud of who we are. Can they?

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    • April 2, 2015 at 16:09
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      @LETEMCOME: some people just ignore them cos there so f****** sad..others show pity cos there so pitiful..me on the other hand just like clumping them.cos they make me sick ..probably get some dislikes.after they had there tea..NOLU.WDC

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      • April 2, 2015 at 16:52
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        @Jim28: GO ON JIM28,'STICK ONE ON EM' LOL!NO ONE LIKES US, WE DONT CARE. STORMIN' NORMAN

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  • April 2, 2015 at 15:50
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    They're too distraught about train stations being closed as they might not get to see their favourite trains.

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  • April 2, 2015 at 16:48
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    It is obvious that Charlton don't want Wall to go down - it would be the same if the roles were reversed. Although a Wall supporter since the 50s way before a lot of you were born or even thought off - I used to go to Wall one week and Charlton the next. Sad no that's when SE London was SE London. So money on Wall tomorrow Wall to win to nil and Wall to win both teams to score know you lose one bet but odds good. Big crowd, although a miracle will save us from relegation Birmingham hold the key tomorrow at home to Rotherham. Still when THE HOFF hits a hat trick of headers and Forde saves two penalties and the referee's great granny was born in Bermondsey we should do it with plenty to spare. BOMBER will be hoisted up by the players, a lap of the pitch by the squad, ROCKING over the tannoy full blast and Wall happy. for Easter. Kids a free Easter egg as you go in good touch and the for the grown ups as well - NOW WHY DID THEY NOT THINK OF THAT.
    I reckon 30 likes on this thread minimum.

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  • April 2, 2015 at 16:50
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    They are the sadest & most horrible bunch of c**** in the football league. They cry about everything especially when we bear them. Milllllllllllllllllllll

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  • April 2, 2015 at 17:46
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    dont care about Charlton....just want 3 points

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  • April 2, 2015 at 17:50
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    Tomorrow will be 159 days since we last won at home!
    All the hype before the game, as usual.
    Just go out there and do the business, please!

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  • April 2, 2015 at 19:45
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    Getting my voice ready tomorrow as I sing to the muppets.
    HERE FOR THE TRAIN TRACKS.
    YOUR ONLY HERE FOR THE TRAIN TRACKS.

    Up The Wall.

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  • April 3, 2015 at 14:44
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    COYL let get this f****** win 2day we need 2 get at them and show them who boss

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