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The manager picks his 2017/18 highlights

Favourite goal, game and moment...

24 May 2018

There were many high points in Millwall's 2017/18 Sky Bet Championship campaign.

From The Lions' first League win at home to Norwich City to the final-day victory over Aston Villa, Millwall's campaign included a 17-match unbeaten run, six consecutive away League successes and a brief flirtation with the Play-Offs.

Speaking to millwallfc.co.uk, Lions boss Neil Harris told of his favourite moments of his third season in charge, beginning with his favourite game.

"QPR at home over the Christmas period was a key one for us," he said. "I decided to move the game to the Friday night because I thought it would build the atmosphere in a London derby. The performance was top draw and the atmosphere was outstanding.

"Leeds away was special because it was our first away win and the manner in which we did it. The third game - there could be so many. Nottingham Forest away in the first game was special for me to manage in The Championship with Millwall and to put in such a good display.

"Aston Villa on the last day, Leeds at home, Middlesbrough at home, Sheffield United at home - so many good, strong performances that picking out any key moments other than those two would be difficult."

When it came to choosing his favourite goal, the manager was less indecisive.

"We've scored some very good goals this year - some exceptional goals that would be fit for the Premier League or the World Cup this summer. The pace that we played at in some games was phenomenal and some of the finishing, long range and short range, was key.

"I voted for Steve Morison's goal at Sheffield United for Goal of the Season at the End of Season Awards Night because firstly it summed up Millwall Football Club, with a diagonal ball getting it up the pitch and secondly, the quality of the finish was underestimated by the people at the dinner a few weeks ago. I'm certainly not knocking Ben Marshall's goal at Barnsley, because that was outstanding.

"We scored some early goals on the road and some important winning goals over the course of the season. The winning goal against QPR in December was vital to us to gain some points over the Christmas period."

The manager's favourite moment of the season actually came in a defeat, but stated it was a "realisation" of where the club have worked towards over the last three years.

"The final whistle against Fulham. We got beat 3-0, but the players got a standing ovation from the fans and were sung off the pitch. I thought that was an example of how far we've come as a club. That was a surreal moment for me as the manager - I can't remember any time where a Millwall team has been beaten at home and got clapped off the pitch. It was a realisation of what the players have achieved over a period of time.

"There's so many moments on the training pitch, in the changing room and on the pitch during games where I've been proud of individuals but also the team. It's very difficult to single out any individual or performance, but that moment against Fulham epitomised our season."


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