Harris: Millwall win gives belief to 'outstanding' fans

NEIL Harris praised a “high-energy” and “aggressive” Millwall side after the 3-1 win over Charlton at The Den on Wednesday night.

After a close opening 40 minutes, Aiden O’Brien, on his 100th Millwall appearance, headed home his 10th goal of the season from a cross from Shaun Cummings, who was making his first start in the league in almost 11 months.

Steve Morison doubled the lead two minutes later with a superb first-time volley from Shaun Williams’ accurate long pass, before Nicky Ajose gave Chalrton hope when he scored in the 49th minute.

But Millwall always looked the stronger side and Morison got his second – his 11th of the season – in the 60th minute when he shot low past Addicks goalkeeper Dillon Phillips after a slick Millwall move.

“I thought they were fantastic finishes by the old boy up front, excellent composure and real quality,” Harris said. “We created chances, we were high-energy and aggressive at the right times. We played on the front foot and everything I asked of them in a Millwall performance they gave me tonight.

“(Charlton) didn’t wilt when we played a little bit direct and it didn’t always come off, but we didn’t change the game plan, we stuck to it and asked a lot of questions of Charlton defensively.

“I’m delighted with the result but what I will say is the goal we conceded was disappointing on the counter attack.

“But defensively I thought we were outstanding tonight.”

After 22 games this season, Millwall have 31 points and a goal difference of minus one – the exact same record as last season.

They are currently four points off the top six compared to six at the same point in the last campaign. Harris highlighted the contribution of Millwall fans to the win – there was a season-high attendance of 14,395 at The Den – and he hopes the win over their local rivals will be the spark for a push up the table.

“The fact is we’re on the same points tally today as we were at the same stage last season,” Harris pointed out. “That gives us belief. Millwall are an excellent second-half-of-the-season team. Why? I don’t know. We don’t take it for granted that it’s going to happen this year, we have to make it happen.

“But what that does today is give us momentum and confidence and belief. It puts belief back into our fanbase, and I thought they were brilliant tonight.

“We have to follow that up with games against Swindon and Gillingham with the same outcome.”

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John Kelly