Millwall team spirit "as good as I can remember" – Harris

© Edmund Boyden
© Edmund Boyden

NEIL Harris says the team spirit at Millwall is as good as it has been in years – and insists the Lions still believe they can avoid relegation to League One.

Tuesday's defeat at Blackurn Rovers put a large dent in the club's survival hopes but Harris, nor his players, are throwing in the towel just yet.

A three-point deduction for fourth-bottom Rotherham means they are now just one point below the Millers, albeit having played a game more.

When Harris faced the press half an hour after the final whistle at Ewood Park, he was clearly devastated by the result.

Following recent good performances, Harris admits he went into the Blackburn game confident of victory – only to be left ruing his side's poor finishing.

But he says Millwall are fired up and ready to go again when they take on Derby tomorrow.

"My reaction after the game was of frustration because sooner or later we have to meet some standards," he said.

"The minimum I've expected from my team is that they be ultra-competitive and play well, but now I'm saying: 'I expect the ball to go in the goal'. That's why I was disappointed.

"But I wasn't despondent, and the belief is still there for us. The team spirit at the club is as good as I can remember in a long, long time. We've still got that.

"The players have retained the belief, in spite of Tuesday, that they're still performing really well.

"They're just frustrated that the results in the last two games haven't been what our performances merited."

Losing to Blackburn was Harris' first big setback, with previous results fueling a belief that the Lions were on course to secure safety – which they could still achieve.

Harris added: "I came in making no promises other than to try to rekindle some spirit, belief and a bit of home form – those were the key factors which had tailed away a little bit recently.

"We've been trying to get that back, and have been getting better and better and more competitive in each game.

"The level of performances coupled with some good results really got belief going.

"We're playing really well, competing in every game and confident in what we're doing. The next step is to be more clinical in front of goal."

Tomorrow's opponents Derby need a victory to be sure of a play-off place – but Millwall have taken seven points from four home games under Harris.

"They have got a very expensive squad with some super players and a strong attacking threat," the Lions boss added.

"We're fully aware of their capabilities but, performance-wise, we're not doing too badly ourselves.

"The fans are seeing a work ethic and Millwall spirit that they expect from this club. Win, lose or daw on Saturday, they're guaranteed of another Millwall performance.

"For the last time this season, their support will be massively appreciated.

"The last home game of the season is always good at Millwall, whatever situation we're in, and I'm sure it'll be a cracking atmosphere.

"We still believe and we're going to have a right go. We're desperate to get more points on the board to put pressure on the teams above us going into the last week."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

13 thoughts on “Millwall team spirit "as good as I can remember" – Harris

  • April 24, 2015 at 14:21
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    at them right from the start no waiting for us to be kicking towards the CBL second half we need 90 mins not 45

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  • April 24, 2015 at 14:25
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    Post of the day bomber..gone is the conplete dribble from the last two..plus the fact you was frustrated shows the goalscorer attitude you still have.must do your head in when you see so many easy shots go wide

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  • April 24, 2015 at 14:43
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    I pray to God we stay up but don't want another season like the last two can't fooling stand it

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  • April 24, 2015 at 14:48
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    Derby forwards far out weigh ours, we've got to scare the itsher out of them lions fans!

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  • April 24, 2015 at 15:00
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    Lions please get those shots on target and get the goals that have eluded us this season. This is the time more than ever we need to do it boys!

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  • April 24, 2015 at 15:19
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    Come on you Lions.
    Our biggest win this season so far is 2-0 ?
    About time we took some of our chances.

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  • April 24, 2015 at 15:31
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    All this talk of only 1 point is wrong, it's 2 from safety because of our minus GD! .

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  • April 24, 2015 at 18:35
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    forget the other games this really IS a must win game

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  • April 24, 2015 at 21:05
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    the den has got to rock for the FULL 90 mins.

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