Date: 27th September 2015 at 6:44pm
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A delighted Neil Harris has hailed the character of the side following the three one victory over Rochdale on home soil yesterday.

Video – Rochdale Highlights
Audio – Home Relief For Harris

Speaking to the official site following the first home win of the season and delighted and relieved Harris said it was a ‘massive step forward’ for the side and with that monkey off our back now, hopefully it will be the first Den win of many more to come in 2015-16.

Having seen winning goals come from Jimmy Abdou, Shaun Williams and Steve Morison, Harris was pleased with the result because of what it meant to the fans but he was also very pleased to see it mean our fourth victory in the last five because he knows momentum and confidence is now really turning our way and that can only help when it comes to having a more pleasing season ahead of us.

Of course the trick now is to continue that in midweek when we face Wigan Athletic on Tuesday.

‘With the ball and without the ball I thought we were excellent. That’s four wins in five for us so confidence is high. ‘Home form has been difficult. Not just for me, my staff and my squad, but for the fans. I understand that. But as a group we’ve not felt pressurised that we have not won at home. We played really well against Southend but they scored two goals with two chances. We knew it was coming but I must admit it is a bit of a relief to get it today.’

Harris went on to say it was ‘another massive step forward’ for the team this year and what’s paramount now is having taken these strides that we don’t get complacent and take ‘two step backwards, or even a quarter of a step back’ because he knows Wigan will be another incredibly tough game, and it’s a match we have to take to them to utilise our strengths.

As for the goalscorers he went on to say.

‘Steve Morison I thought was brilliant today. He led the line really well and scored an excellent goal we know he is capable of. Jimmy and Shaun have been a big part of us looking so good in the last five games as a pairing. I’m delighted for them to get two goals. We spoke about getting bodies in the box and breaking from midfield. It can’t always be a centre-forward that makes a run or gets in the box; sometimes you need players to do it from other positions and we’ve certainly got that ability.’

With Aiden O’Brien not finding the net but assisting all three goals on the day, Harris acknowledged the contribution of the young Irishman saying adding assists to his game just sows he’s rounded development and it will obviously be an asset for him in the future.

‘Aiden O’Brien is an outstanding player. He is an excellent footballer and works tirelessly for the team. I think that is the biggest accolade I can give him. His team-mates appreciate that.’

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