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Millwall boss Harris hails 'excellent' spirit ahead of Rochdale visit

24 September 2015

Chopper looks ahead to Saturday's game at The Den

Millwall manager Neil Harris says that training this week has been "top drawer" as his side prepares to host Rochdale at The Den on Saturday.

The Lions suffered a set-back last weekend with the defeat to Southend United but recent performances have been encouraging and Harris insists that there is an "excellent" spirit within the squad going into the game against Keith Hill's Dale side, who are fifth in the table.

"We're looking forward to the challenge," the Millwall boss said. "We've had another good week; we know what we are up against but we are concentrating on us while be respectful to the opposition.

"We want to build on four good performances - (against) Peterborough, Crewe, Port Vale and Southend.

"We do want to get a win on Saturday and that is the main priority, but the spirit is excellent and the boys are buzzing. 

"Every session is top drawer so if we keep doing the right things, showing the attitude, desire and the spirit, then results will come."

Harris will be without winger Paris Cowan-Hall, who picked up an injury during Monday's Elite Development Squad game against Coventry City, while Byron Webster will have his ankle knock assessed ahead of the Rochdale match.

Cowan-Hall's absence will free up a place in the squad, meaning the likes of Lee Martin could come back into the manager's thinking for the game.

"Everybody who is fit is always in the contention to be in the squad," Harris added.

"Losing Paris is a blow because he came on and did well in spells for the last half an hour or so on Saturday, so that's disappointing. Just as he starts to get going a bit he has a set-back so it is a shame for the lad and for us.

"Byron obviously got a bad whack on Saturday so we will have to monitor him all the way up to kick-off.

"Lee is fit and healthy and wants to be involved so he certainly comes into the thinking for the weekend." 

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