Harris has pride in Millwall players and fans this season

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MILLWALL MANAGER Neil Harris says he is proud of his players for reaching the League One play-offs and is pleased they will experience the second leg of the semi-final tie against Bradford at The Den.

The Lions face the Bantams at Valley Parade on Sunday hoping to get a positive result for the return clash the following Friday.

And Harris is anticipating “two cracking atmospheres” when the sides clash for a place in the League One play-off final.

“It’s nervous anticipation,” Harris said. “I’ve a lot of pride in the players for what they have achieved this season.

“The thought process is that we’ve to prepare for two really though games coming up. We know that and have no problem with that whatsoever.

“We know they will be really competitive battles. We’re really looking forward to them, they are going to be two cracking atmospheres.”

More than 2,000 Lions fans are expected to make the trip north for the early kick-off time of 12.15pm.

Harris said supporters have been “phenomenal” this season – and he wants his players to reward them in the play-off campaign.

“It’s great to have that support level,” Harris said. “The support this year home and away has been phenomenal.

“They’ll be right behind us at the weekend and it’s up to us to make sure we compete in the game, give a good account of ourselves and give a real Millwall performance.

“We also want to ensure we’re firmly in a good place going into the second leg at home.”

Millwall dramatically snatched fourth place from Bradford in the League One table when Lee Gregory came off the bench to score a 98th-minute winner at Gillingham last weekend, and Harris is pleased to be at The Den on Friday week.

“I’m more relaxed being at home in the second leg,” Harris said. “I think any manager would be saying the same thing. To me there is a slight psychological advantage being at home for the second game.”

John Kelly