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


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

  • September 16, 2015 at 16:23

    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

      @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

    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 17:36

      @spartacus: they play different at home because after 2 mistakes the crowd is on their backs among other things

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    • September 16, 2015 at 19:20

      @spartacus: I'm Spartacus!

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      • September 16, 2015 at 19:33

        @Adsy77777: No - I'm Spartacus

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        • September 17, 2015 at 09:32

          No - I'm Spartacus

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