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Millwall boss Harris relieved after "massive step forward"

26 September 2015

Chopper praises contribution of goalscorers as his Lions side beat Rochdale in SE16

Neil Harris described Millwall's 3-1 win over Rochdale as a "massive step forward" for his side.

Goals from Jimmy Abdou, Shaun Williams and Steve Morison helped The Lions on their way to a first home League win of the season and their fourth victory in the last five games.

And Harris admitted afterwards that he was relieved to get a first Den win on the board - but insists that his men must now build on it with another strong performance away to Wigan on Tuesday night.

"With the ball and without the ball I thought we were excellent," he said.

"That's four wins in five for us so confidence is high.

"(The home form) has been difficult. Not just for me, my staff and my squad, but for the fans. I understand that.

"But as a group we've not felt pressurised that we have not won at home. We played really well against Southend but they scored two goals with two chances.

"We knew it was coming but I must admit it is a bit of a relief to get it today.

"It's another massive step forward for us and what we can't do now is take two step backwards, or even a quarter of a step back.

"We've got to go on against Wigan and take the game to them."

Harris reserved praise for all three goalscorers, who each put in impressive individual displays.

"Steve Morison I thought was brilliant today," Harris added.

"He led the line really well and scored an excellent goal we know he is capable of.

"Jimmy and Shaun have been a big part of us looking so good in the last five games as a pairing.

"I'm delighted for them to get two goals. We spoke about getting bodies in the box and breaking from midfield. It can't always be a centre-forward that makes a run or gets in the box; sometimes you need players to do it from other positions and we've certainly got that ability."

Aiden O'Brien provided assists for all three goals and though he wasn't on the scoresheet himself, Harris acknowledged the contribution of his young Irish forward.

"Aiden O'Brien is an outstanding player," he said.

"He is an excellent footballer and works tirelessly for the team. I think that is the biggest accolade I can give him. His team-mates appreciate that."

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