Millwall boss Harris will put pressure on players at The Den

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NEIL Harris praised the supporters who made the trip to Port Vale last night – and then vowed he would be pushing his players to give a similar performance at The Den this Saturday.

Millwall’s re-scheduled fixture at Vale Park meant a second long trip in four days for Lions fans.

But they were rewarded when goals from Mark Beevers and Lee Gregory made it six points from two tricky away ties.

Two hundred and ten fans made the journey north, and Harris took the time to show his appreciation for them after the game on Tuesday night.

“I bet that's 210 that went to Crewe also,” he said. “We can’t ask for any more, it’s phenomenal. The noise they made in this big ground, outnumbered, is great and you can see the link to the players.

“I talked a lot last year about link between the players and the fans. It’s hard because the fans are desperate to support us and they’re trying to stick with us.

“On the road they come because they know what they are going to get. Whether they get that at home… we got the win we wanted against Peterborough and we’ve got to build on that on Saturday.

“We’re under no illusions. Eight or nine thousand are going to show up on Saturday now expecting a Millwall performance.

“And I’ll put the pressure on my players now to say they’ve got to perform. But during the season we’ll play like that at The Den.”

The Millwall boss was also pleased with how his defence responded in the second half at Vale Park when Rob Page’s side started to mount some pressure after somehow surviving a first half during which their away opponents spurned numerous goalscoring opportunities.

Harris said: “Mark Beevers’ goal comes from the tackle he makes on the 18-yard line just before. We’ve run the length of the pitch and then he heads it in the net.

“That’s top 6ft 4ins centre-half stuff. Byron Webster was also excellent, I thought as a pairing they were excellent.

“I think the defensive work we did during the international break has helped. I think the camaraderie and spirit in the group is a help, especially when you’re defending away from home.

“They make me proud when they defend like they did in the 88th minute as well as playing the untouchable football they played in the first 30.

“They’re pushing each other. Byron has come in because Sid (Nelson) was unfit, unfortunately for him because he’s been excellent.

“But Byron comes in and keeps to the standard being set by everybody else. When you’ve got competition for places that’s the standard you can demand.”

John Kelly

(@jkelly1882)

19 thoughts on “Millwall boss Harris will put pressure on players at The Den

  • September 16, 2015 at 16:23
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    I think the fall backs have made a difference they don't leave the CBs exposed. Still think we tend to defend two deep at times & upson & Williams now no they can't take there places for granted. Well done Neil for working them hard. Bring on Southend.

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    • September 16, 2015 at 19:48
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      @block 28: totally agree no Centre back can play well when he has to spend half his time covering wondering fullbacks

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  • September 16, 2015 at 17:21
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    Still think the players have developed a phobia about playing at home. They just don't seem the same players at home as they do away. they should train on the pitch get used to the new pitch size and let fans attend for free make some noise replicate some match day experience and baptise the players also extra money for the club in club shop sales/arrys bar and food n drink. I hope they prove me wrong tomorrow but there's definitely a problem when we're at home.

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  • September 16, 2015 at 17:32
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    @ SPARTACUS: yeah, there is a problem when we play at home , US

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    • September 17, 2015 at 09:00
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      @bordersarebest0170: couldn't agree more
      Make it an uncomfortable experience for the opposition and their fans but not our own.

      Wonder why we don't get the gates at home? The away experience is far more enjoyable and not just on the pitch.

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  • September 16, 2015 at 17:58
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    Another away win great to see the lads full of confindence.

    One push to the first ever win of the season its got to be another hatrick for AOB!

    A huge lift will do us all to kick back the bad old times and move up the league one table

    COYL NOLU WDC

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  • September 16, 2015 at 18:04
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    @bordersarebest0170:
    So what's the solution if we're the problem?

    I'm one of the 2050 who watched Millwall win at home in the JPT against Peterborough who were sitting near the bottom of the league with us a couple of weeks ago.
    In my opinion the people who turned up on that Tuesday were more patient.
    I know people will say that they've been patient for the last 3 years, so what's another 90 minutes?
    Neil Harris is a new manager with a young team.
    I'll be there with my kids being patient waiting for a performance to be proud of.
    Let's hope we can now win at home in the league this Saturday and all walk away happy. COYL MILLLLL

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  • September 16, 2015 at 18:05
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    Get behind them and there perform simple as that

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  • September 16, 2015 at 18:56
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    Players don't want pressure on sat they need support, to many supporters to quick to have ago at someone when they make a mistake instead of getting behind them. Supporting Millwall for sixty years I think our supporters now have less patience than years ago ,success at Millwall is a long time coming but when it does we must enjoy it . Hope it s this year again , but if not then we will have to wait.

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    • September 16, 2015 at 22:58
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      @cashman1:the reason why we might and i'am only saying might be less patient then we were.is simple..look at our home form over the past few seasons its enough to make a nun swear

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  • September 16, 2015 at 19:46
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    Said it before and will say it again, Webster and Beevers are our best two CB's currently, Sid is for the future. Play proper wing backs alongside W/B and they can concentrate on their own games. Leave the leadership to TC and Edwards

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    • September 16, 2015 at 21:00
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      @glyngo: I think you're right. How often did Beevers and Webster play together last season? If they had been settled we may have had a better defensive record. I've always liked Beevers and he got messed about by Holloway. Webster has obvioussly been a good player at Yeovil (Player of the Season and Captain) so it was clearly a question of handling him properly and getting him fit. It didn't look like anyone was at all fit last season.

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      • September 16, 2015 at 21:33
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        @junkmale: I think Webster played something like 5 games and didn't have the same CB partner for two games running, that and the fact that our fullbacks weren't playing well and many people blamed him for our failings. Not he's leadership material but in a balanced defence he is a good player.

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  • September 17, 2015 at 00:18
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    Jim28. I know we have not done well last two or three seasons ,but we should not take our disappointments out on this team or this new manager,we should not live in the past on our successful years and we should not live in the past for the bad years ,lets try to be more positive this year I am sure me and you both want the same from Millwall , success . goodnight sleep well

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  • September 17, 2015 at 06:31
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    Really decent of ya to acknowledge the fans Harry, top stuff. All I wanna see is an honest performance and if ya get that each week then results will follow. Good luck sat, hp wall fill the joint . COYML

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