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"This gives us momentum, confidence and belief," says Neil Harris

22 December 2016

Manager in upbeat mood as Lions take derby honours

Neil Harris believes that Wednesday night's 3-1 derby win against Charlton Athletic can provide a perfect base from which to launch a promotion push in the second half of the season.

Goals from Aiden O'Brien and a Steve Morison brace extended The Lions' unbeaten run against The Addicks to nine games - and just shy of 20 years - in front of a season's best 14,395 crwod at The Den.

It wasn't just the fact that bragging rights were secured that delighted  boss Chopper, it was also the manner in which his team went about their task against a Charlton side still looking for a first win for new manager Karl Robinson.

"They were fantastic finishes from the old boy up front," said Harris. "It wasn't just Steve. He was outstanding but so was Lee (Gregory).

"The fact is we're on the same points tally now as at the same stage of last season – that gives us belief.

"We are notorious at Millwall for being an excellent second half of the season team. Why? I don't know. We don't take it for granted that it will happen this year. We have to make it happen. But it gives us momentum, confidence and belief. It puts belief back into the fan-base, who I thought were brilliant.

"We have to make sure now that we follow that up in our games against Swindon and Gillingham with the same outcome."

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