O'Brien: Hearing Millwall fans' encouragement is a big help

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AIDEN O’Brien said it was crucial Millwall won their last home game of the Sky Bet League One season to take that confidence into the play-offs.

Millwall’s 3-0 win over Oldham on Saturday was their sixth successive league win at The Den and secured their top-six place this season.

The Lions go to Gillingham next Saturday in fourth position in the table, and can still finish third if they win at Priestfield and Walsall lose at Port Vale.

If that happens then they will be at home for the second leg of the play-off semi-final.

And O’Brien stressed the support of fans is crucial to maintaining their current run at The Den and give themselves a chance of a return to the Championship.

“Playing out there when the fans are like that just gives you that extra bit,” O’Brien said. “When you’re on your last legs and you hear the fans cheering you on it gives you that extra bit in the last five minutes, when you think you can’t run anymore and you’re body is telling you no.

“When the fans are screaming at you and encouraging you that gives you an extra five minutes and we need that as a team.

“That win was vital because the next game we play at home is going to be in the play-offs. We wanted to win at home and get a good feeling around the stadium, to keep a good high spirit.

“But we’ve got Gillingham away and we’ve got to win that one as well, we’re not thinking about the play-offs right now. We don’t know who we’re going to have so we’re not going to prepare for someone we don’t know.”

O’Brien has been playing in his favourite position up front with Lee Gregory out injured for the last two games, and he provided an assist for Shane Ferguson to make it 2-0 last weekend between Byron Webster’s goals.

But the former Irish underage international said it doesn’t bother him where he plays and admitted he is just regaining form after a recent dip.

“I’m just getting back used to it, I’ve been playing on the wing for the whole of the season, really,” O’Brien said. “I was doing well from the start of the season but I just drifted off for the past two or three months. But I’m enjoying it up top now in my natural position where I grew up playing. I’m playing with a smile on my face now.

“I’ll play wherever the manager puts me, that’s just the type of person I am. I’m not going to complain or throw my toys out of the pram. I’ll just get on with it and try to score, that’s what I always try to do. No matter where I am on the pitch I want to either set a goal up or score, that’s the aim of my game. So wing, central midfield, right-back, I don’t care where I play.”

John Kelly