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Harris praises focus ahead of Blackburn trip

Millwall boss takes belief from last campaign before first away game

10 August 2018

Millwall manager Neil Harris has highlighted the focus among his team and is confident of putting in a top performance in tomorrow’s trip to Blackburn Rovers.

Harris describes the opening weekend draw with Middlesbrough last time out as ‘one of the best performances’ he had seen since taking charge at The Den before conceding two late goals, outlining the need to maintain the high standard of performance until the final whistle this time around.

“It’s Blackburn’s first home game of the new campaign this weekend which is always going to be a challenge, there will be a good atmosphere – we will go there full of confidence on the back of last week’s performance,” the boss says.

“We can talk about letting in a couple of late goals and conceding two points at the end, but what a display it was. The players were top drawer – it was right up there with one of the best performances I’ve seen as Millwall manager, and that’s the standard we’ve set.

“Now it’s about setting that standard not just for 87 minutes, but for 90, 95 or 96 – whatever the referee decides to play!”

Harris has been pleased with what he has seen in training ahead of the journey to Ewood Park, ahead of the team’s session at The Den before travelling to Lancashire.

“On the back of yesterday, we’ve been able to keep the focus in the group and in the staff to work on the training field. We had an excellent training session yesterday.

“Being here at The Den today before we travel to Blackburn is good for us, and we look forward to Saturday because it’s a tough away game.”

The manager claims it is important to take confidence from last season, and believe in the capabilities of the team.

“[The confidence we have] is key,” he says.

“We had a really strong performance against Boro’ and got robbed of three points at the end, and in the first half of last year we had some great games and couldn’t get the three points we wanted.

“We picked up some good draws with a lot of good backs-to-the-wall performances, and then the fashion of the victory at Leeds United kicked us on to perform unbelievably well in the second half of the season. We have to look to try and build on that straight away.

“It’s tough to win away games in this league, but we’ve got the capabilities of doing it with the way we play. It’s a tough fixture tomorrow, but every away game gives us an opportunity to get the points. We’ll go full of confidence, and look at taking all three.”

Harris has finally given a brief fitness update of his squad ahead of the Rovers clash.

“We’ve got a few little knocks and niggles that a couple of players obviously carry from one week to the next, we’ll be looking at getting one player back on the training pitch today, and we’ll be fully fit for tomorrow.”

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