O'Brien repaying Millwall manager's faith with performances

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AIDEN O'Brien feels as if he is paying Millwall manager Neil Harris back for showing faith in the youngster.

Under Ian Holloway, O'Brien had to settle for a bit-part role once introduced into the senior squad.

Since Harris took charge, however, O'Brien has had a more prominent role in the Lion's first team.

The last eight weeks of the season under Harris were also worth their weight in gold to O’Brien.

Coming into a team that had struggled to score goals for the past three seasons was never going to be an easy task, but he threw himself into the challenge and improved game-by-game – netting twice.

“Right now I’m just over the moon to have played games in the Championship,” O’Brien said.

“It seems unreal because I wasn’t getting a look-in at the start of the season – at best I was getting five or ten minutes here and there.

“But I’ve had a good run under Neil and I’ve paid him back with some good performances and a few goals.

“Hopefully next year I can play a full season and get more goals under my belt.”

Ian Holloway had used O’Brien as a winger but Harris was quick to restore him to a striking role.

“As a kid I played up front or just behind the striker,” O’Brien added. “Playing out wide was very different and very difficult for me.

“I played out there numerous times under Holloway but he didn’t really get the best out of me.

“I always work hard for my team-mates and the manager but I need the ball to feet – I’m better on the ball than off it.

“When I’ve got the ball at my feet I feel I can make things happen and create something out of nothing.”



9 thoughts on “O'Brien repaying Millwall manager's faith with performances

  • May 12, 2015 at 10:08

    Against Wigan he cut inside his marker and aimed a chipped shot into the far corner. It was saved but it was a fantastic save and showed what talent O'Brien has when running with the ball

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  • May 12, 2015 at 10:31

    I'm just glad he's talking about playing for us next season after being linked with a few clubs.

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  • May 12, 2015 at 11:06

    The sooner i hear he has signed a long contract with us the better.....

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  • May 12, 2015 at 17:59

    This kid is good and will only get better,just nice to see a manager who puts faith in our youngens, play the ones who deserve a chance then they might feel they owe the club some loyalty and only move on when an offer comes in they and we can't refuse.

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    • May 12, 2015 at 20:37

      @LETEMCOME: Even better to have a manager who plays players in their right position without trying to be clever!

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