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Livers: Anything is possible

1 April 2015

Organisation and planning key to survival says assistant boss

Having made over 300 senior appearances for Millwall between 1999 and 2006, there isn't much Dave Livermore doesn't know about what Lions fans expect from their team.

A promotion winner in 2001, FA Cup Finalist in 2004 and Player of the Year in 2006, Livers now finds himself utilising all that experience alongside Neil Harris to inspire Millwall's current crop to pull off another 'mission impossible'.

On Friday, Chopper's charges take on neighbours Charlton in what is surely a 'must-win' affair if The Lions are to harbour realistic hopes of beating the drop.

Millwall's current form sees them looking for a first home League win in 13 outings at home, and Charlton, with seven victories from their last nine games, clearly feel they will never have a better chance of recording a first success in SE16 since December 1995.
All of which should make for a white-hot Den atmosphere on Good Friday, and if a calming influence is needed in the dug-out, there is no-one better fitted for that role than the current assistant manager.

"I have now been on the coaching side for five years, including three back here at Millwall, and although we're now working with more senior pro's, the same basic principles apply," says Livers.

"The key is to be organised, plan well and help the players do their jobs better.

"We have simplified things a bit for them in terms of how we play and given them a structure they feel more comfortable with. We wanted to get two centre-forwards back into the team, and ideally attack with two wingers, although due to injuries we have had to do so with midfielders.
"We want to see our team attack, be exciting, score goals and yes, ultimately win games."

Livers acknowledges that the current challenge is a massive one and that a huge turnaround in fortunes is required.

"We have got some good players here who are capable of getting results and we are encouraging them and showing them how they can achieve that.
"We came very close to pulling off what would have been a terrific win at Brentford and we believe we are moving in the right direction.

"Friday will be another tough test for us of course, but our crowd can be a massive factor. If the team can put on the kind of performance they can get behind, we're hoping the fans can help suck the ball into the back of the Charlton net!"

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