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 20:12
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        @Alex Aldridge: southwark news are running the story on Thursday mate, thanks!

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    • April 24, 2015 at 10:13
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      @ettieneverveer: sorry to hear that mate, what kind of scumbag robs an 81 year old lady.

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      • April 24, 2015 at 18:40
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        @glyngo: a f****** c*** wiv no heart should get kill

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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 08:53
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      @ettieneverveer: i know a lot of people who live in bermondsey..trust me they are trying to find this scum.

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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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