Millwall boss Neil Harris: We could have sold double our ticket allocation for Fulham derby

Millwall will be roared on by over 3,000 fans at Fulham on Saturday – with Neil Harris claiming they could have sold double their allocation for the trip to Craven Cottage.

The west London hosts have made a slow start to the Championship campaign but pulled off a 5-4 victory at high-flying Sheffield United in midweek.

The Lions are still searching for their first away win of the season but have been unlucky not to end that wait with a number of encouraging displays on the road.

“We will have a big following there,” said Millwall boss Harris. “We have sold 3,000 tickets and could’ve doubled that.

“It’s a great opportunity for us as the underdog to go and play at Fulham, a much-transformed club since we used to go there in the 90s. It is an old-fashioned football club steeped in history that has come good again.

Fulham’s Sheyi Ojo (left) celebrates scoring his side’s fourth goal of the game with Ryan Sessegnon during the Sky Bet Championship match at Bramall Lane, Sheffield. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo.

“We’re really looking forward to the challenge against a team who scored five goals at Sheffield United – that is no mean feat it itself. They carry a huge attacking threat. It will be a good test for us to get out defensive shape against their free-scoring play – then there is the challenge at the other end to make sure we get on the scoresheet.”

Ryan Sessegnon, 17, scored a hat-trick against the Blades as Fulham ended a six-game winless spell.

“It was a surprise result but Fulham have got the ability to do that,” said Harris. “They can go and score goal, after goal, after goal – they showed that last year and have shown it in glimpses this year.

“They have struggled for consistency, especially at home.

“I’ve seen bits of him [Sessegnon] in the last 18 months. You talk about modern-day footballers – pace and power – and he has scored a hat-trick away at Sheffield United. He certainly carries a threat, whether he plays left-back or left-wing. As ever we need to try and nullify those threats. It’s not just Sessegnon, they’ve got good players.

“They carry a squad of quality players. It was the same with Hull on Tuesday. We saw how good they were on the counter-attack, how quickly they moved the ball. We saw that with Sunderland and they are bottom of the league but had a £5million Aiden McGeady and Callum McManaman.”


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