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Sid Nelson: Fans vocal backing will be vital

31 March 2015

Young defender looks forward to Charlton clash

Sid Nelson may not have played in a south London derby before, but having been brought up slap bang between The Den and The Valley, the young defender knows exactly what Friday's derby clash between Millwall and Charlton means.

"I was brought up in Lewisham so I know quite a lot of Charlton fans," 19-year-old Sid told the News Shopper this week. "I haven't heard anything from them yet about the game but I'm sure I will the closer it gets.

"I'm a Millwall fan and have been here since the age of eight so there is no question where my loyalties lie.

"It is a south London derby so it is going to be a tough game.
"Charlton are obviously going to be up for it, but personally from our point of view I think we have got more on it because we need the points more than they do.

"The fans are definitely going to expect a performance against Charlton because it is a derby game but we have got to try our hardest to get a win because of where we are in the table."

Despite not tasting victory on home soil since 25th October - a run lasting 13 games including the FA Cup - The Lions now face three successive matches at The Den, and a huge opportunity to keep those hopes of Championship survival alive.

"Being at home is definitely a big advantage," Sid added. "Having the fans behind us, especially when it is a really big game, makes a difference.

"More fans turn up for games like this one which means it is a better atmosphere and that helps us.

"As long as we can give the fans what they want they will be right behind us."

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