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Harris wants to send fans home happy

Read from the boss ahead of the final game of the season...

4 May 2018

Millwall boss Neil Harris has made it clear to his players that he wants to sign off the season with three points on Sunday afternoon.

The Lions take on Aston Villa in the Sky Bet Championship at The Den on Sunday afternoon (kick-off 12.30pm) to end a remarkable first campaign back in the second tier.

The chance of making the Play-Offs is purely mathematical - the club need defeats for Preston North End and Derby County, with a nine-goal swing on the latter - but Harris told millwallfc.co.uk of his desire to end a "great season" with a victory this weekend, whilst also looking ahead to next year.

"Yes [we want to end on a high]. What a great season. We keep talking about what a season it's been and how much the staff have enjoyed it - and we've worked hard, I have to be honest - but the fans also, the board - everyone has enjoyed it," he said.

"But my job is to make us better. It has been over the last three years and that doesn't change. The focus for me on the back of Sunday turns to next year and trying to improve us.

"Sunday is really important still. I want the players and especially the fanbase to go away happy, remembering the last game of the season. We couldn't have had much better of a last game than Aston Villa, a great football club, at home in front of a sold-out Den."

The manager may be forced into numerous changes for the visit of Steve Bruce's men - but Harris stated that many of his squad are "chomping at the bit" to feature in the final game of the season.

"We're missing Mahlon [Romeo], who came off during the Middlesbrough game with a groin issue. George Saville also missed the last game through injury and that's going to be a real tight one for this weekend.

"There's a couple of others carrying knocks as well and we've got to make a decision on them. Some of the players have been carrying knocks for a few weeks, but we've pushed them and pushed them hard because of what was at stake.

"I want the best possible XI on the pitch to try and get a positive result that sends everybody away happy, but also I can't push anyone over the edge so that they end up being injured all summer. It's getting that fine balance going into this game - there's some players that have been chomping at the bit in the last three months and are ready to play, time and time again they have been ready but not selected because the team is doing so well. My thought process will be 'do they deserve an opportunity at the end of the season'.

"What is clear - and I've made it very clear to the boys this week - is that I want three points on Sunday."


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