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Ed Upson: Belief is back

8 April 2015

Midfielder in upbeat mood

It's been a long time coming, but the relief felt by each and every Millwall player and supporter when the final whistle blew at the end of Friday's derby with Charlton Athletic was etched on faces all round The Den.

Jos Hooiveld's last-gasp winner in a game that saw The Lions miss a penalty, Charlton go a man down and then a goal ahead, and then Millwall score twice themselves in the final 11 minutes, was not for the faint-hearted.

However, after a win-less run on home soil stretching back 13 games to October 25th 2014, the enormity of Friday's victory could not be understated as The Lions head into the final six games of the season desperate to claw their way out of the relegation zone.

Midfielder Ed Upson, who has arguably produced some of his best football in a Millwall shirt in the last couple of games, said: "The feeling at the end of the game on Friday was elation; you could see what it means to the fans and to us out on the pitch too - and especially against that team in particular. It was a great feeling all round."

With successive home games against promotion-chasing Watford this Saturday and then relegation rivals Wigan on Tuesday, Ed hopes that having broken The Den 'hoodoo', Millwall can defy the odds and produce a miracle escape from the dreaded drop - and if not, it won't be for the want of trying.

"Charlton got the goal and before we might have capitulated, 1-0 down and they've got 10 men," he added. "But we stayed strong and went on to win the game. We showed true character which I think the manager has instilled in the squad. There is a real sense of belief here."

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