Millwall boss: All that matters is we beat Charlton

NEIL Harris wants his players to give Millwall fans “something to get behind” and make The Den “a fortress” against Charlton on Wednesday night.

Millwall slipped to their third successive defeat when they lost 3-0 at Scunthorpe on Saturday, but Harris said “we’ve got the best possible game coming up” as they aim to climb above their south London rivals in the league table.

Harris got his first win in his fourth game as Lions caretaker boss against the Addicks in April 2015, and the clubs are level on points in League One ahead of this week’s clash.

Harris also hopes Shaun Hutchinson and Steve Morison, who both played at Glanford Park after injury absences, will be fit for the fixture.

“The positives are that Shaun Hutchinson got 90 minutes and I thought he did well,” Harris said. “Steve Morison played a little bit longer than we thought he would but he looks okay.

“As long as they report (Sunday) okay and are okay to get on the training pitch on Monday and Tuesday then they’ll be key for us in trying to build a platform.

“That’s three defeats in a row, we’ve stuttered and there’s no hiding the fact we need to be better. We’ve got the best possible game coming up that we could ask for, Charlton at home on Wednesday.

“It’s a game before Christmas and everything else goes out the window, all that matters on Wednesday is that we beat Charlton. Our fans will turn up to support their players and hope they will get one over on their mates that they work with.

“Whatever team I select, whatever changes I make, the team that I play have to be at it and we have to give our fans something to get behind. We have to make sure that The Den is a fortress on Wednesday night.

“It’s a local derby, I played in those games against Charlton, West Ham, Palace, Leeds. It’s a huge game for this football club and the fans. The players will know that in no uncertain terms.

“It’s a massive game, I won’t hide from that fact and the players have to be at it from the first moment and have a right go. They’ve got to play well and compete. That’s what our fans demand.

“I expect more from my players.”

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John Kelly