Harris: Beating Charlton a "special" moment for Millwall

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NEIL Harris described Millwall's come-from-behind victory over rivals Charlton – his first victory as a manager – as a "special" day for the whole club.

The Lions were staring down the barrel after Alou Diarra gave the ten-man Addicks a shock lead in the south London derby at The Den.

But Magaye Gueye's introduction turned the game on its head, with the Frenchman firing in the equaliser before setting up Jos Hooiveld's winner.

And Harris said: "It's a special feeling, certainly. I'm delighted for my players and so chuffed for them because they've deserved that.

"I'd have been gutted if we'd not won because I promised them that if they performed today like they have been in training, they would beat Charlton.

"It was special for the whole club. We've not had a lot to cheer about this season and it's been difficult. Now we've got some belief and momentum."

Victory saw Millwall close the gap on fourth-bottom Rotherham to just four points.

But Harris cautioned: "We're not making any promises about where we are going from here.

"Watford is our next game and I didn't even look at the other scores today.

"We're not talking about other scores in the dressing room, it's not of interest. All we have to worry about is ourselves and the next game.

"We really are taking it one game at a time and we roll on to Watford now."

Harris was thrilled to see Millwall finally end their horrendous run of form at home, where they hadn't won since October.

"I spoke in the build up to the game about our home form being the important thing for this club and it's not quite been right," he said.

"The Brighton game was our starting point – a clean sheet and a point against good opposition – but I demanded more afterwards.

"To do that to our local rivals in such an important game is huge for us.

"We had momentum, belief in our play and sustained spells of pressure. I've spoken a lot about sustaining pressure because 15 or 20 minutes isn't enough at home.

"At 0-0 we were having chance after chance and their goalkeeper was outstanding.

"I thought something was going to drop for us, so going 1-0 behind was a real kick in the teeth and you're thinking that someone really doesn't like us up there.

"The fans played an important part. At 1-0 down, to stick with the team in the situation we were in, and to support them like they did, was phenomenal."

Alex Aldridge


70 thoughts on “Harris: Beating Charlton a "special" moment for Millwall

  • April 3, 2015 at 18:33

    Well done bomber, well done lads, now the great escape can begin!!!!

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  • April 3, 2015 at 18:34

    It's amazing that with someone who knows what he's doing can change things. Holloway-Send back your cheque. Well done to all at MFC today.

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