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"The players and fans have earned the right to dream," says Harris

The manager's take on Bees clash...

10 March 2018

Millwall boss Neil Harris is pleased his team are "going like a steam train" after The Lions stretched their Sky Bet Championship unbeaten run to 11 matches with a 1-0 victory over Brentford at The Den on Saturday afternoon.

George Saville's ninth goal of the season won the game as early as 51 seconds in, but The Bees struck both the post and the crossbar in the second-half as The Lions somewhat rode their luck.

That was a sentiment that manager agreed with, whilst also expressing that everyone has "the right to dream" after the club moved inside the top 10.

"Were Brentford good? Yeah, I thought there were very good today. We rode our luck at times, but look at the reverse fixture at Griffin Park," he said. "They rode their luck, we got some really poor refereeing decisions and got beat 1-0.

"Millwall going like a steam train pleases me. We're six points off the Play-Offs with nine games to go - the players and fans have earned the right to dream. You make your own luck in this game and today we rode ours, but we worked hard."

The only goal of the game came from The Lions capitalising on some slack Brentford defending. Harris explained how The Bees' gameplan allowed Millwall to press high, but he also praised how his team "put their bodies on the line" when it mattered.

"I didn't think we used the ball that well and looked a bit leggy - that's our third game in a week and only one change in those games, but they relied on each other and their spirit got them through again.

"Brentford play out from the back more than any other team in the division, so they're always going to give you a chance. Maybe they didn't expect us to start that well, but we always play on the front foot and that showed the hunger in the group.

"The early goal gives you a boost and gives you something to hold on to. But, then that gives you the problem of the opposition throwing caution to the wind and getting bodies forward.

"When you need to stand strong, especially here at The Den, you need everyone to put their bodies on the line - I thought my players did that today."

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