Neil Harris: Millwall must embrace "pressure" against Derby

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NEIL Harris admits Millwall are now in must-win territory – but has backed his players to handle the pressure when they host Derby on Saturday.

Harris believes the Lions, beaten 2-0 by Blackburn in midweek, will require six points from their two remaining fixtures to stay in the Championship.

The Rams, looking to secure a play-off place, visit The Den this weekend before Millwall travel to Kenny Jackett's Wolves on the final day of the season.

The Lions are four points adrift of Rotherham having played a game more, although the Millers could be hit with a deduction by the Football League today.

But regardless of a potential change to the league table, Harris is eyeing back-to-back victories to give his side their best possible chance of survival.

"We've got to do it now – there's no waiting until next week or the week after, we've got to win some games," he said.

"The pressure is there but let's not be despondent. We go again. I want the players to be frustrated about Blackburn but fully focused on what's in front of us."

Harris says there are no more second chances for Millwall but is hopeful they will seize the moment.

"We've got to put ourselves under a bit of pressure now," he said.

"We've been taking the pressure off the players in the previous eight games and done that pretty well, but now we're saying that we need to win.

"It's going to be a tough challenge against a top side. But the challenge in my first home game against Brighton was to be better than we had been, and we were.

"Then it was to be better against Charlton than we had been all season, and we were, and then it was to compete with table-toppers Watford, which we did.

"And then the challenge was to beat Wigan in a must-win game, and we did that.

"So the pressure has been on at home and we've played with that. We've helped the players with that pressure and they've performed – and now they need to do it again.

"We need a win to keep us fighting, and that's what the fans are coming to see – that Millwall spirit for a fifth home game in a row. We've got to be consistent with that."

Harris says his players have shrugged off the disappointment of Tuesday's defeat at Ewood Park, where they missed a host of chances before conceding two late goals.

"We were disappointed with the outcome," he said.

"We can say that we were excellent, deserved to win the game and were really good for 78 minutes, but we didn't take our chances.

"The message to the players after the game was clear: we have to be more clinical. We have to make that demand and put that pressure on the players.

"As of Thursday morning, we were concentrating on Derby and come 3pm on Saturday, all the disappointment from midweek will be gone.

"It's going to be a big fixture with a big atmosphere, and we'll be ready."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

23 thoughts on “Neil Harris: Millwall must embrace "pressure" against Derby

  • April 24, 2015 at 08:01
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    MILLWALL FAMILY, I know this isn't strictly allowed but we need your help and want to make you all aware so this doesn't happen to anyone else..
    On Tuesday 21st April (AM) my Nan was robbed in her own home at Brydale House, Bermondsey, SE16 by 2 white men in their late 20's claiming to be investigating a leak in the building.
    Every piece of jewellery she owned has been taken. One piece being a very distinctive Diamond ring that belonged to her mother and is over 100 years old and has tremendous sentimental value as you can imagine. We are offering a very generous reward for the safe return of this ring or any other pieces that were taken, including her wedding ring, another distinct white gold diamond ring and watches etc..
    Any info would be gratefully received and please let your loved ones and elderly relatives know that this is going on in the area and to be aware.. Hopefully we can catch the scum or at least reunite my 81yr old nan with some of her belongings!!
    Thanks for your time #millwallfamily

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  • April 24, 2015 at 08:02
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    MILLWALL FAMILY, I know this isn't strictly allowed but we need your help and want to make you all aware so this doesn't happen to anyone else
    On Tuesday 21st April (AM) my Nan was robbed in her own home at Brydale House, Bermondsey, SE16 by 2 white men in their late 20's claiming to be investigating a leak in the building.
    Every piece of jewellery she owned has been taken. One piece being a very distinctive Diamond ring that belonged to her mother and is over 100 years old and has tremendous sentimental value as you can imagine. We are offering a very generous reward for the safe return of this ring or any other pieces that were taken, including her wedding ring, another distinct white gold diamond ring and watches etc..
    Any info would be gratefully received and please let your loved ones and elderly relatives know that this is going on in the area and to be aware.. Hopefully we can catch the scum or at least reunite my 81yr old nan with some of her belongings!!
    Thanks for your time #millwallfamily

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    • April 24, 2015 at 09:00
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      @ettieneverveer: Sorry to hear that. The same thing happened to my wife's gran in East Finchley so it might not just be an SE16 thing. Sounds like this filth move around a lot. Hope your gran is ok.

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  • April 24, 2015 at 08:59
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    Neil let me stop you there..imbrace pressure .wot do you think we've soing for 10 months..plus if rovum get pts deducted(cheating)..one win will do cos i cant see em getting more then a point out of there last 3

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    • April 24, 2015 at 09:40
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      @Jim28: they have Reading at home who have FA to play for as they are now safe and will be playing Leeds last game who cant buy a win at the minute players going on strike and a manager who hasnt got a scoobie and is on the verge of getting the tin tack. i can see them easily picking up points... just hope they lose 3 points we beat Derby they lose to Norwich and it puts pressure on them AND THEY CRUMBLE.

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  • April 24, 2015 at 09:48
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    Hopefully it will be a sell-out crowd that the Millwall players can embrace and play up too. Derby have goal scorers running throughout their team and like Blackburn their strikers - Ince, Bent maybe Martin to name but a few, only but need half a chance and they will bury it in the back of the net.

    We're going to need every one of our players on song and in the mood to not be so wasteful in front of goal but to be totally clinical and make every shot on target count because if we don't get this right now, going forward we don't stand a chance in this league period!

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    • April 24, 2015 at 10:11
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      @JONO: Well said Neil like we did at Blackburn. Your having a laugh ain't you?

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  • April 24, 2015 at 10:14
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    Craig Mackail-Smith is being released by Brighton end of season, with a proven track record in League 1, he would be a decent signing if we were to go down.

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    • April 24, 2015 at 11:05
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      @glyngo: We talk a lot about the club having no ambition and we should buy million pound plus strikers who would have saved us. Craig Mackail-Smith record bought for 2.5 million probably big wages and the return was 3 goals in 35 matches just goes to show what a gamble any player is.

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      • April 24, 2015 at 12:09
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        @lennie the lion: true he is probably not a championship striker anymore but I think he would be prolific in League 1. Remember when he was in Peterbrough and in his prime, we were linked to him but he was out of our budget.

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  • April 24, 2015 at 10:30
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    Only two victories now will give us a chance, any points dropped now and I'm afraid it's curtains.

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  • April 24, 2015 at 10:58
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    Sorry to use this thread for this but desperate times call for desperate measures.
    One of my best friends daughter is dying from cancer. They have already buried her brother from the same disease.
    She is on the front page of the Southwark news.
    Millwall have been brilliant as usual and have given her a box for the day and her beautiful young daughter is leading the lions out.
    Her wish is to get married asap as time is critical.
    There is a fundraising in place and it has a target of 20k and it's already at 14k.
    Thanks for everyone who has sent kind words and contributed to Courtney's wish.
    Please help if you can.
    http://causewish.com/project/courtney's-final-wish
    THANK YOU.

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  • April 24, 2015 at 13:59
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    Even if you could of thought that this is not the place to put this thread up, to then go and dislike it tells me you are a total c***.

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  • April 24, 2015 at 18:41
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    The couple of posts on here shows us that there are more important things in life than football......

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  • April 24, 2015 at 18:45
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    COYL we believe in u sorry 2 hear that m8

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