WITH 20 league games remaining and Millwall a point off the play-off places, Byron Webster admits it’s “win at all costs” between now and the end of the season.
The Lions haven’t been in the top six this campaign but, despite inconsistent results in the last two months, two wins in three leaves them still in contention.
And Webster believes the responsibility is on the players to collect the points needed to ensure at least a place in the play-offs come May.
“We’re on the coattails of the play-offs and we’ll be putting pressure on those teams above us,” he said. “We need to go on a run where we get a few results, whether they’re nice or ugly, we need to pick the points up and make sure we’re there or thereabouts at the end of the season.
“Whatever league you’re in you need to get that consistency of win, win, draw, win, win instead of win, loss, win, loss.
“It’s about consistency, ticking off the games with three points. It’s as simple as that, we don’t look any further than the next game. The management do their reports and we get the information, so it’s up to us to step over the line and win at all costs, really. We can’t be nice and be easy to roll over.”
Webster was in commanding form in the 3-1 defeat of Port Vale on Sunday, and started the move that led to Lee Gregory firing Millwall 2-0 ahead from the spot.
After a difficult 2014-15 when he played just 14 games for the Lions before going on loan to former club Yeovil in January, Webster has clocked up 27 appearances so far this season. He lost his place in the side in October but has since formed an understanding in the centre of defence with Mark Beevers in the absence of Tony Craig.
Asked after the win over Port Vale about being one of Neil Harris' first choices in the side Webster said, modestly: “I’m hoping I’m one of the first on the team sheet. It’s good to be playing, obviously. I’ve got a run of games so I’m happy. I’ve got a good partnership going with Beevs.
“Hopefully I’m proving I’m worthy of my place.”
Webster was also relieved that despite the failure to keep a clean sheet against Port Vale, his teammates Gregory and Steve Morison took the chances that fell their way to ensure there would be no repeat of the defeat against Oxford in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy when Millwall missed a host of chances to score.
And he believes that when mistakes are made it is up to each player to ensure they don’t ultimately prove costly
“We were laughing and joking about it, me and Beevs with Moro in the cool-down, it’s a lot easier when they put the ball in the back of the net,” Webster said. “It makes our job as a defensive unit a lot easier, the opposing team need to try and come out and attack and take more risks. And then they’re vulnerable to the counter attack.
“It’s about helping each other out and baling each other out. I’ve made mistakes in the past which have cost goals and the thing is with defenders and goalkeepers if you make a mistake nine times out of ten it’s a goal.
“We’re a good group of lads and a close-knit group and we just have to make sure that when one of us makes a mistake, whether it’s a striker missing a goal or a defender making a mistake and conceding, we need to help each other out and go up the other end and put the ball in the back of the net.”