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Millwall boss Harris looks ahead to Saturday's visit of Gillingham

18 December 2015

"Everything goes out the window," Chopper says

Neil Harris is expecting a "battle" when Millwall and Gillingham go head-to-head at The Den on Saturday (3pm).

The Lions are seven points behind The Gills, who are fourth in the League One table, but Justin Edinburgh's side go into this weekend's match on the back of a 3-0 loss to Burton Albion. That was their first home League defeat of the season, however, and the Kent side could climb into the automatic promotion spots with a win in SE16.

Because of last week's postponement at SportsDirect.Com Park, Saturday's fixture is Millwall's first in Sky Bet League One since December 1st and Harris, whose side are eighth in the table, is looking forward to a return to action at The Den.

"It's a good one for both sets of fans," he said.

"It will certainly be keenly contested and it helps that we are both in healthy positions in the League. Both clubs are moving forward and that is key.

"I'm not surprised by Gillingham's League position. I saw them a lot at the end of last season after Justin (Edinburgh) had gone in and John Marquis was on loan, and saw what good young players they had and their style of play based on work rate and energy."

Discussing his side's preparation for the game, Harris added: "We would liked to have played at Oldham because mentally and physically we were ready to go again.

"Energy wise, not playing that fixture may have helped some and it certainly takes away that risk of injury and fortunately we've got a healthy squad for Gillingham.

"We've handled the amount of fixtures we have had in a short space of time really well and the rest might have done us good. 

"But when you get to Saturday at three o'clock in games like this everything goes out the window. It's going to be a battle between two extremely hard working sides and then we have to use our quality."

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