NEIL Harris says he is enjoying the pressures of first-team management.
But Millwall's all-time leading goalscorer, who has overseen two draws and a defeat in his opening three games in charge, has found it hard disappointing players by leaving them out of the team.
However, Harris believes his side are not far away from their first win under his guidance.
“It’s a case of so far so good,” Harris said. “It’s hard at times – picking teams and subs means that you have to disappoint people when you don’t want to – but that is football.
“I’m really enjoying the buzz of it and enjoying seeing the lads play well. The boys are really performing and I’m desperate for us to get that first win.
“There’s a little bit of extra pressure but I just want the boys to do well and succeed – that’s the bottom line and all I’m after really. I was gutted on Saturday but gutted for my players because they’ve given absolutely everything.
“The chairman and the board are desperate for the club to succeed and they’ve been really supportive. Dave Livermore, who I’ve known for a long time, is someone I trust and he knows Millwall inside out like I do.
“He knows what makes the club tick and he knows what’s needed in players, that’s the biggest thing. He’s a mentally strong person as well so it works really well. We’re all really enjoying it but we’re desperate for some results.”
Harris is calling on techniques he used as a player to help him during his time as manager, and feels his side are starting to show more belief.
“Self-evaluating started as a player, Harris said. “Did I play as well as I could have done? I’d watch clips of myself playing and chances I’d missed to see what I could’ve done better.
“As a coach and manager of the U21s, I’ve been continuously doing the same thing -watching videos, thinking about substitutions and how we played. Did we follow the game plan? Naturally I do that anyway. You have to look at yourself before you look at other people.
“Did I get that decision right? Did I make that change too soon or too late? If I got it right, did the players get it right? We definitely do that and because Livers and I know each other so well, we can do that openly which is handy.
“The belief is back, the fanbase are so supportive and we now need a win to continue moving forward. Three points would be a reward that everyone deserves.”