Millwall manager targets wins as season reaches climax

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NEIL Harris admits Millwall "need a couple of wins" from their three remaining fixtures to give them the best possible chance of staying up.

The Lions, who face Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park tonight, host Derby on Saturday and then travel to Kenny Jackett's Wolves on the final day of the season.

But the number of points they require for survival will depend on the outcome of Rotherham's disciplinary hearing at the Football League.

The Millers have been charged with fielding an ineligible player in their 1-0 win over Brighton on April 6 and could face a three-point deduction.

The Football League say they cannot comment on exactly when the proceedings will take place or when the outcome will be announced "for legal reasons".

However, a decision is expected to be made public before the end of the week.

Until Rotherham's punishment is known, Harris is working towards securing as many points as possible – starting at Blackburn this evening.

Millwall are ninth in the Championship form table heading into the game, having taken nine points from their last six matches under Harris.

But they remain firmly entrenched in the relegation mire and time is running out for the Lions to save themselves for a third successive year.

"We've had some good results of late but we are where we are in the league because of our results over 43 games," Harris said. "The league table never lies.

"Yes we need to find some wins, but so often teams do at the end of the season. We have to take heart from that.

"We need a couple of wins, definitely, and we've got three games to do it.

"No matter what happens with Rotherham, we go again tonight. We go to a very good Blackburn team trying to win the game."

Millwall kept back-to-back clean sheets against Wigan and Cardiff last week as they added another four points to their total.

"The back four have done really well but we defend from the front, and you can see that," Harris added. "We work extremely hard without the ball.

"It's a team thing because clean sheets include keeping the ball out of the net at set-pieces.

"We're delighted with that and don't underestimate how important clean sheets are at this stage of the season.

"It gives the team a foothold and a belief that one goal might be enough to win you a game. The back four have done really well and the goalkeeper's been outstanding."

Blackburn were held to a 3-3 draw by Nottingham Forest at the weekend and have not won on home soil since early March.

"They've got goals in their team – Rudy Gestede scored a hat-trick on Saturday and Jordan Rhodes is a top player," Harris added. "They've got some real firepower.

"We've got to make sure that we get a foothold and that we're solid, but also we want to impact their penalty area as well."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

15 thoughts on “Millwall manager targets wins as season reaches climax

  • April 21, 2015 at 09:39
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    Come on you lions...BELIEVE

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  • April 21, 2015 at 09:53
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    I believe....

    COYL

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