Harris praises 'phenomenal' Millwall away support – and calls for repeat Leeds display

NEIL Harris believes Millwall could have taken a lot more fans to Elland Road this weekend as he praised the “phenomenal” away support this season.

Millwall were given a ticket allocation of less than 1,500 for the eagerly-anticipated clash at Elland Road, which has an official capacity of 37,890.

Leeds had already sold over 31,000 tickets by early this week. Harris was disappointed with the Lions’ ticket share, but acknowledges the club are working on repairing their reputation which will help secure higher away allocations in the future.

“It’s probably what we expected,” Harris said. “We’d like to have had double what we had at Villa, we could have had more at Fulham, Brentford, even more again for this one.

“But it is what it is. We’re building slowly as a club to get the reputation back so that we can take more fans places. And it is improving all the time.

“I know that the 1,500 that are going will really enjoy it and they’ll make themselves heard.

“Our away attendances this year have been phenomenal, and our fans have really enjoyed watching their team, albeit without a victory.

“They’re coming away from most grounds saying, ‘weren’t we good’, and that’s why I think they keep travelling. They know they are going to see a good performance and a battling performance in the search for that first victory."

Millwall defeated Leeds 1-0 at The Den in September, and Harris is looking for a repeat performance as they aim for a first win away this season, and first victory at Leeds in six games.

“It’s one of the first and second fixtures you look for as a Millwall manager, Leeds home and away, because of the rivalry over the years going back to the ‘80s in the Old Division Two days," Harris said.

“And then there were a few campaigns in the last 10 years. They have been good games and on Saturday there will be a great atmosphere.

"We were very good against Leeds earlier in the season and we’re looking for the same performance. We were excellent defensively and ruthless going forward. That’s what we’re aiming for this weekend.”

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John Kelly