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"We have used the extra time wisely" says boss Neil Harris

14 October 2016

Lions manager believes international break could prove to be a blessing

Neil Harris hopes that his squad can benefit from their additional time on the training pitch and hit the ground running when The Lions return to League One action at Northampton Town on Saturday (3pm).

Harris' side signed off for the international break on 4th October with a welcome 2-1 win against Gillingham in the Checkatrade Trophy, The Lions' first victory in seven starts.

Now Chopper is hoping that the team can build on that victory and start moving up the League One table with three points from League One new-boys Northampton at the Sixfields Stadium.

"We have used the time wisely, used it to review the opening part of the season, where we are and where we want to be." he told

"We have gone back to basics. We looked back at games and pinpointed areas that we had not dealt with correctly.

"The boys are in great spirits. The Gillingham game gave us a bit of belief back and a lot of momentum going into this game with Northampton."

Speaking about Rob Page's side, who are only six points but 13 places above Millwall in the table, Chopper added: "They have a great work ethic about them, some very good individual players and a collective attitude. That adds up to a very dangerous side."

However Cobblers boss Page believes that Millwall will prove to be difficult opponents, and as manager of Port Vale last season he was on the receiving end of defeats both at home and away to The Lions.

"Everybody has a bad spell in this division, everybody does," he told the Northampton Chronicle.

"Millwall’s record isn’t great at this present time, but that can turn at any time and we have to make sure that it’s not on Saturday. 

"I know the manager, I know how he goes about his work, and their form will be hurting him.

"He will be working ever so hard to put it right, and so will the players that he has got.

"They were outstanding in the division last season, and they will get there again, so we have to be on our guard and make sure we go and impose ourselves on them on Saturday, and focus on what we can do."

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