SOUTHEND United defender Adam Barrett says Neil Harris is doing a “fantastic job” at Millwall as he revealed the close links between his family and the Millwall boss.
Harris played with Southend between 2011 and 2013 before returning to Millwall to become involved in the youth coaching set-up.
“I grew up with Neil,” Barrett told the club’s official website. “He’s done a fantastic job and has turned things around there. It’s going to be a difficult battle, it’ll be physical and we need to win it.
“Neil’s one of my brother’s best friends and I know him from his Rayleigh boys days! It’s a tough job there and the expectations are high. It’ll be a tight game but we know what to expect and has all the ingredients for a great match.”
Barrett scored the second goal as Southend won 2-0 at The Den earlier this season and he is expecting a competitive contest tonight in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy southern section semi-final.
“We’ve had ten days to prepare for the Millwall game and we’re ready to go for the match now,” Barrett said.
“The break has given the injured lads a little bit of time to recover.
“We played well there, particularly in the first half and the league table shows there’s nothing to separate us.”