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Neil Harris: "We have an opportunity to create a special atmosphere"

20 May 2016

Lions boss Chopper wants fans and players to unite again in key second leg clash

The relationship between Millwall's fans and players has gone from strength to strength in a season that has seen the club take huge strides both on and off the pitch.

That special relationship, as witnessed most recently by those watching the Bradford City Play-Off Semi-Final first leg last Sunday on TV, has proved pivotal in a campaign that has been a slow burner, but really started to warm up nicely at the business end of the year.

With The Lions heading into second leg action at a sell-out Den this evening protecting a 3-1 lead, manager Neil Harris has called on both players and fans to join forces and secure a third Play-Off Final at Wembley in seven years.

Chopper, himself a veteran of three Play-Off campaigns with Millwall, said: "Some of the best games I played in for Millwall were the home Play-Off legs. They are games which stick in my mind because they were special nights and I want my players to experience and enjoy an atmosphere like that.

"If the place is rocking and the players embrace that, then we have an opportunity to create a really special atmosphere. 

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Having established a two-goal lead from the first leg at the Coral Windows Stadium, Chopper is determined to finish the job this evening, but is under no illusions about the task in hand.

"A full house at The Den, when the stadium is rocking, is a very difficult place for an opposing team to play, no matter how much they try to. From a Millwall player's perspective it is a fantastic feeling."
e know that Phil (Parkinson) will be using all the cliches in his dressing room," he added. "For us to be going into a game effectively 2-0 ahead in the first minute is strange, but it's a bizarre situation for both teams.

"We will approach this game with a tactical plan, but it will be the same messages from me and my staff, the same routine.

"We were delighted with the result on Sunday, with the quality of our finishing and with huge aspects of the first half. The second half was a real dogged Millwall display and I was proud of my players for it, however, we didn't use the ball very well.

"There has been time to reflect back on it and we will be looking to play better."

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