Date: 24th June 2016 at 6:16pm
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Manager Neil Harris has said he was delighted to see the fixture list put Millwall at home for the first game of the 2016/17 season.

Opening the new campaign at The Den to Oldham Athletic, Harris knew it would give Millwall the opportunity to start fast this year with the home crowd behind the team, and of course for the newbies in the group, getting the home debut out the way quickly should help them settle in.

Speaking to the official site after the fixtures were announced, the gaffer explained.

‘I’m delighted that we’re at home first. It’s important that our new signings get a chance to experience playing at The Den straight away. August is a very tough month for us with some key fixtures along the way. The first batch of eight games is an exciting challenge and we’ll have to wait and see how teams perform early on.’

Of course a derby against Charlton figured in his thoughts, and six points will be the aim.

‘Naturally everyone will be looking forward to the games against Charlton and the other local fixtures and I’m pleased that the Christmas schedule has been kind to us. It’s great that our fans will be able to see some big games at The Den over that festive period. It’s always exciting when you get the fixture list through, but to be honest, we’re not too fussed how they come. As we did last season, we will take each match as it comes, preparing diligently each time which will be key if we are to have another successful campaign.’

The South London Press also have him saying.

‘They are massive games and I want to win both this year. That`s clear from day one. It is a friendly rivalry, but there are bragging rights for the fanbases. They are excellent crowds, excellent atmospheres and they are games that players love to play in. You are playing for the fans – because you want them to leave happy.’

He also said he expected Charlton and Sheffield United to be up there battling for promotion this season.

‘We have earned the right to be a favourite to be in the top six because of what we achieved last year. It brings slightly different expectations and we`re fully aware of that. But now we have to earn the right to be near the top of the league – and that only comes from performances, a competitive squad and good team spirit. I expect Charlton to be in the top six. The same applies to Sheffield United. And Bolton should be as well, provided they sort out the mess they are currently in. You would expect that with the wagebill they have got, the quality players still in their squad and the fact Phil Parkinson will sign experienced players.’

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