Millwall manager Neil Harris has admitted that Millwall ‘rode their luck’ in the weekend’s victory over Brentford but with the side ‘going like a steam train’ he felt our efforts deserved every bit of luck that came our way.
Stretching our unbeaten run to eleven matches in the tie at The Den last weekend, George Saville’s ninth goal of the season came after 51 odd seconds of the first whistle going and Millwall went on to win the game one nil.
With the visitors finding the net but seeing it ruled out and hitting the woodwork, Harris told the official site as he met with the media at the full time that although Brentford would feel unlucky not to have taken a point, he felt our efforts meant everyone around the club now had ‘the right to dream’ as we moved into the top ten and sit six points from the Play Off spots.
‘Were Brentford good? Yeah, I thought there were very good today. We rode our luck at times, but look at the reverse fixture at Griffin Park. They rode their luck, we got some really poor refereeing decisions and got beat 1-0. Millwall going like a steam train pleases me. We’re six points off the Play-Offs with nine games to go – the players and fans have earned the right to dream. You make your own luck in this game and today we rode ours, but we worked hard.’
With such an early goal in the game Harris also spoke of his pleasure at seeing the game plan executed perfectly but also the desire to ‘put their bodies’ on the line when it counted.
‘I didn’t think we used the ball that well and looked a bit leggy – that’s our third game in a week and only one change in those games, but they relied on each other and their spirit got them through again. Brentford play out from the back more than any other team in the division, so they’re always going to give you a chance. Maybe they didn’t expect us to start that well, but we always play on the front foot and that showed the hunger in the group.’
The gaffer ended by saying.
‘The early goal gives you a boost and gives you something to hold on to. But, then that gives you the problem of the opposition throwing caution to the wind and getting bodies forward. When you need to stand strong, especially here at The Den, you need everyone to put their bodies on the line – I thought my players did that today.’