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Harris calls for togetherness on Den return

Manager relishing getting back on home soil against Hull

30 August 2019

Neil Harris has discussed the importance of continuing a positive month of August as Millwall round off the pre-international Sky Bet Championship fixtures against Hull City at The Den this Saturday.

The Lions sit inside the top 10 of the League having taken eight points from five games, with Harris' men looking to extend the team's 100% home record against Grant McCann's Hull.

"Going into the international break on a high has to be the aim," the manager says.

"We've had a positive start in the League and given ourselves a foothold in the division already, and we want to follow that up now. It's not going to be easy against Hull - they're a good side with talented players - and Grant [McCann] has put his stamp on the team there. When you've got players like Grosicki and Bowen at this level, you've always got a chance to score goals.

"We're obviously aware of their threats, and we've been pleased with the outcome of our games apart from Fulham. We're full of positivity after the Boro' performance when we deserved to win the game, and then obviously Oxford the other night where we made a lot of changes, and the boys who came in dominated for 87 minutes."

Harris is relishing the return to The Den as The Tigers make the visit, and calls for the same togetherness inside the ground from the terraces through to the pitch which helped carry the team to three points in our last home outing against Sheffield Wednesday.

"We're certainly looking forward to being back at The Den on Saturday. It feels like a long time since we've played at The Den - last time here we had a fantastic Millwall occasion against Sheffield Wednesday where we had a scrappy game, but we got in front and started playing well, then had the red card for Jed. But the spirit, determination and togetherness in the stadium was first class, and we're looking to repeat that this weekend.

"We have set standards at home. Clean sheets are vital at this level - you don't get the chance to keep many in the Championship - but to have two clean sheets and six points from the first two home games is a big plus.

"Our home form is vital for us this season as ever as a football club, and we look to continue that against Hull."

The boss is also mulling over his team selection, after numerous impressive individual displays on Tuesday night at Oxford United.

"It's important to freshen things up. A lot has been made of the team selections, and it's important to give players a rest and not injure people. This is especially the case with the international break coming up, because there will be some intense training for the players who don't go away, and the lads who do still have a tough period and busy run of games.

"There's been a lot of football in the early stages of the season, I've made changes, and I've been really impressed with a lot of individual performances as well as that of the team. It was huge for Jon Dadi to get two goals which puts he, Matt Smith and Tom Bradshaw on two, Aiden's off the mark as well as Jed, and Connor Mahoney and Jiri Skalak have claimed some assists. It's vital that all the attacking players have had an impact so far.

"It has been really pleasing to get minutes for players as well, like Jason McCarthy, Jayson Molumby and Billy Mitchell, who was brilliant on the night. It's an opportunity for them to learn how we play and what's expected of them."

Harris finally gives a fresh fitness update from Calmont Road.

"We'll take a look at who is fresh and ready to go. Tom Bradshaw wasn't in the squad on Tuesday as he took a knock on the knee up at Boro' in a challenge. Jiri is unlikely to be involved this weekend, it's probably just too soon for him.

"There's just a couple we're waiting on fitness-wise to see if they'll play a part."

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