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Harris wants to help players rediscover belief

11 March 2015

Boss Neil on why he's excited about the challenge ahead

Millwall's players need to rediscover their belief, says Neil Harris, who has taken over managerial duties for the remainder of the season.

The Lions have 10 games left to help secure their Championship safety and Chopper, who oversaw his first training session on Tuesday morning, had had his say on where exactly he needs to start in his new role if results are to improve.

"I think with trying to put the belief back into the boys," he said. "They care and want to perform, but have found it very difficult of late.

"A big thing is trying to get them to be able to play football at The Den and try and get the fans behind the team and give them plenty to cheer about.

"I find myself in this position because we're struggling in the League and results haven't gone quite as we planned. But there is a lot to play for, a lot to be excited about and a lot to look forward to.

"The work starts on the training pitch and all that matters at the moment is results."

Harris admits that he has already had one-to-one chat with Lions striker Lee Gregory, who netted his fifth goal of the campaign from the penalty spot in last Saturday's defeat to Norwich City.

Both Chopper and Gregory made their names in non-league football before joining the professional ranks and the new Lions boss has been impressed with the 26-year-old since his move to The Den.

"I'm watching him and his movement is fantastic and his quality of finishing is outstanding," he said. 

"I've said to him that there's not a lot he needs to do to make the ball go in the net. It will happen and I believe in him.

"There are a lot of similarities between him and myself but there are other guys who can score goals and have scored goals.

"It's fine saying the strikers need to score goals but people need to give them the opportunities to do that."

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