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Harris prepares for Easter weekend

Manager discusses Brentford, Aston Villa and the strength of The Championship

18 April 2019

Neil Harris has emphasised the crucial nature of the upcoming Easter weekend, as Millwall look to take a huge stride closer to Sky Bet Championship survival with six points at stake.

Before The Lions’ trip to Villa Park to take on an in-form Aston Villa outfit on Easter Monday, Good Friday sees Thomas Frank bring his Brentford side across the capital to The Den.

“It’s a massive weekend for us,” Harris explained to ahead of the encounter with The Bees.

“What a weekend it really is for our fans. We’re playing at a level that we want to be at as a club – of course without taking it for granted – and I think what supporters and everyone within football has seen this year is how good this division is.

“The Championship is the best it has ever, ever been in my 20 years in the game at professional level – and it’s a privilege to be in it. We have to stay in it.”

The manager assesses the talents of Brentford, highlighting how well they have invested and managed an exciting and talented young squad.

“We look at Brentford – a London rival, not a bigger club than us in my opinion, but have spent money and invested heavily in the right areas of their squad.

“They are going to come and play total football, and it will be a great game to be at The Den to see.

The atmosphere that was built at Sheffield United, at home against West Brom and at certain times against QPR is what we need all game, starting on this Easter weekend game here.”

Speaking on the back of Jake Cooper’s dramatic late leveller to earn a point at promotion-chasing Sheffield United last Saturday afternoon, Harris explains how focus has quickly turned to Friday’s encounter, stating his side must maintain their recent performance levels.

“In the last five games of the season, we have to play in the same way we have in the past five weeks.

“Three of those matches being at The Den will be vital for us, and we quickly come away from the praise of the Sheffield United game to go into a London derby against a terrific footballing side.

“We need the points; we want the points.”

The boss finally calls on everyone at the club to relish the upcoming five games, embrace the pressure and get behind the team.

“We then follow up [Brentford] with a trip to Villa Park, to face a team that have won eight in a row now.

“What a weekend – and this is why we’re involved in the game. There is definitely pressure on us all, but let’s enjoy it, embrace it.

“The message I will say to the fans is to come and see the game – come to watch and support your team who may not have played well all season, but at the moment are performing really well.”

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