MILLWALL MANAGER Neil Harris has revealed he is pleased the fixtures have fallen kindly for his side this season.
The new set of fixtures were released yesterday with the Lions starting at home to Oldham, a game Harris can now start planning for.
And Harris is delighted to start off at home after last season’s opening day trip to Shrewsbury.
“We immediately start planning for Oldham,” Harris said. “We will look at their pre-season fixtures, when and where they are playing, and I will be watching them over the course of pre-season.
“Now we can plan for each fixture, it's an opportunity for us to cover the first three or four teams we play, have a look at their pre-season fixtures and make sure when we get round to August 6, we are ready.
“I’m delighted to be at home first game – I’m pleased to be at The Den on the opening day.
“Oldham will obviously bring their own challenges and then you go into a little three game period that will be extremely tough.
“We play against sides with real credentials to be at the top of the division in MK Dons, Peterborough and Sheffield United.
“So right away it brings an exciting challenge in the opening month of the season.
“After looking at the start you quickly scroll down to when you have Charlton, they will be two cracking fixtures for both sets of fans and we look forward to playing those games.”
Last year, Millwall faced lengthy northern trips to Blackpool, Fleetwood and Wigan on Tuesday nights.
And Harris revealed he is happy with the spread of mid-week away fixtures, as well as the opportunity to have back-to-back home games over the Christmas period.
Harris told The Southwark News: “I’m certainly pleased with our fanbase that Christmas has been kind to us, playing back to back fixtures at home over that period – then we go away to Wimbledon.
“This season, travelling wise, on a Tuesday have been a lot kinder to us – that’s a slight element of luck.
“We showed last year that my players will just play the games and take one game at a time.
“We will focus diligently on each opposition. We don't care if it’s Monday night, Tuesday night, Saturday morning – we just play. We play to win every game.
“It does help if the games fall kindly for the fans, the more you get to away games, the better the atmosphere for my players to play in.”
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