Millwall manager Neil Harris has admitted “it doesn’t get much better than this” for his side, as they prepare for a crunch Sky Bet Championship clash against Fulham at The Den on Friday night.
The Lions, currently on a 17-match unbeaten run, take on Slaviša Jokanović’s men in a pivotal fixture televised LIVE on Sky Sports (kick-off 7:45pm).
Harris says he is relishing the opportunity to watch his players take on an “excellent football team”, themselves on a 21-match unbeaten league run, in front of a sell-out crowd.
“It’s a great opportunity for us as a football club to really enjoy a massive occasion. It doesn’t get much better than this,” he told millwallfc.co.uk.
“Fulham, obviously, for their own reasons and getting into the top two (automatic promotion), but we’ve also got ourselves into a wonderful position and we’re trying to sustain that play-off push.
“They're an excellent football team, they’ve got some top players. Slaviša has done a great job as manager over the last few years. They were unlucky in the play-offs last season, but, like us, they’re on a great (unbeaten) run.
“We never thought we’d be talking about this after 43 games. Friday night under the lights and a London Derby – it doesn’t get any better than that. I can’t wait to go and see my players perform and the message will be clear – go and enjoy it."
Harris has called on the Lions faithful to continue to be the team’s 12th man, highlighting the impact they can have on proceedings.
He added: “My players feed off that hostile atmosphere. All Millwall teams too. A lot of teams get intimidated by it and don’t thrive off it.
“We’ve just got to make sure it’s a Millwall atmosphere, and the fans know what I mean by that. Be loud, be hostile and get behind the team, but really enjoy the occasion at the same time.
"We’ve got to impose ourselves on the game too, though. There’s going to be times in the game when Fulham are going to dominate the ball and we’ll have to be patient, but that’s not changed in three years of my time in charge.
"When we win the ball back we’ve got to make sure we make something from it. We managed to do that for periods in the game at Craven Cottage earlier in the season, so we felt really hard done by not to come away with anything that day.
“We’ve got huge three games left. It’s the biggest game of the season by a country mile next up, so we’ve just to make sure we contain Fulham and defend as diligently as we have all season, and up the other end make sure we’re clinical and ruthless on the ball."