Date: 1st April 2015 at 3:22pm
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Young defender Sid Nelson has said he’s relishing the opportunity to taste a derby day atmosphere this weekend as we host Charlton at The Den.

Nelson knows the derbies well having been brought up in the middle of the two clubs, so he more than appreciates what it means to fans of both sides, and he’s hoping his first taste of the game from the pitch will be with the return of all three points for us.

Speaking to the official site ahead of the game, the 19 year old explained.

‘I was brought up in Lewisham so I know quite a lot of Charlton fans. I haven’t heard anything from them yet about the game but I’m sure I will the closer it gets. I’m a Millwall fan and have been here since the age of eight so there is no question where my loyalties lie. It is a south London derby so it is going to be a tough game.’

Nelson goes on to say that given the form Charlton have been in over recent games he knows they will be up for the game and they will come into the match looking for the win themselves, but as far as he’s concerned the players don’t need any additional motivation because we know how much we need the points given the position we find ourselves in in the Championship.

‘From our point of view I think we have got more on it because we need the points more than they do. The fans are definitely going to expect a performance against Charlton because it is a derby game but we have got to try our hardest to get a win because of where we are in the table.’

Key to a turnaround in overall form is turning around our home form in particular, as Millwall haven’t won at The Den since October 25 where we beat Cardiff City one nil. In 13 games since then we have picked up only five draws across all competitions and we now have three home games on the spin to contend with and nine points would do wonders for the season.

‘Being at home is definitely a big advantage. Having the fans behind us, especially when it is a really big game, makes a difference. More fans turn up for games like this one which means it is a better atmosphere and that helps us. As long as we can give the fans what they want they will be right behind us.’

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