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Harris putting sentiment aside as Millwall prepare to host Southend United

18 September 2015

Boss Chopper only concerned about three points as The Lions seek their first home League victory

Millwall manager Neil Harris says that his affiliation to Southend United "makes no difference" ahead of his side's game against The Shrimpers at The Den on Saturday (3pm).

Harris grew up in Southend, was a supporter as a youngster and ended his playing career with a two-year spell at Roots Hall after leaving The Lions in June 2011.

But the Millwall boss, whose side going into the game on the back of three straight victories, has strongly brushed off talk of any sentiment as the two sides prepare to lock horns in SE16.

"For myself it has its personal meaning having represented both teams and been a boyhood fan," Harris told Lions PlayerHD.

"But that makes no difference come Saturday afternoon - three points is all I'm interested in.

"Last time out at The Den we beat Peterborough in a really good game and we played well. (Since then) we've had two terrific away performances so we are certainly looking to build on that.

"But all that matters come five o'clock on Saturday is that we've got three more points."

With The Lions looking for a fourth straight victory after another away success at Port Vale on Tuesday, Harris says that spirits within his squad are high as they seek a first home League win of the season.

"We talk a lot about that togetherness and spirit," he added. 

"If somebody gives the ball away during the game then it's your mate who gets it back for you.

"We score goals as a team, we defend as a team and we win and lose as a team.

"At the moment the dressing room is vibrant and really strong. The more results you get the more it backs it up."

Despite his side's impressive run of form, however, Harris hasn't ruled out making tactical changes or adjusting his starting line-up at The Den on Saturday.

"I always consider team selection thoroughly," the boss said. 

"We do a lot of research and homework into the opposition and I personally watch a lot of their matches to try and pick out the strengths and weaknesses. 

"I'll pick a team to win a game of football. It might be a change of shape on Saturday against Southend and it certainly might be a change of personnel from two good victories."

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