Harris: Millwall and Wigan clash of most consistent sides

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MILLWALL boss Neil Harris is expecting a “cracking game of football” when his side meet Wigan at The Den on Tuesday night.

The Latics are on a 12-game unbeaten run in Sky Bet League One, form which has propelled them to second in the table, eight points ahead of Millwall.

The significance of the fixture is increased by the fact that if Wigan win the gap to the automatic promotion spots will be at least ten points, 11 if Burton avoid defeat at Sheffield United.

Harris, though, is looking forward to the test.

“For us to keep pushing forward and get higher up the league we have to look forward to games like Tuesday night against Wigan,” Harris stressed. “It’s a big challenge for us and it should be a cracking game of football.

“I think they’ve been the most consistent side of late, them and ourselves. I said at the start of the season that any team who finishes above Wigan this year will get promoted and I haven’t changed my opinion on that.

“They’ve got a huge squad, a big budget and some really good players. That’s the challenge, not just for us but for all teams in this league to compete with.”

Although Harris was pleased to take a point from Doncaster on Saturday after Jordan Archer pulled off a late save to deny Conor Grant, he felt Millwall were comfortable before Richard Chaplow cancelled out Steve Morison’s opener and wants an improvement against Gary Caldwell’s side.

Harris said: “I think we started really well and got ourselves in front, but all that happened after that was Doncaster got a foothold in the game and started to be braver on the ball. That forced us back a little bit but for periods after that we were really dangerous on the counterattack.

“I never felt threatened until the goal went in. If anything I felt we were most likely to get a goal on the break.

“I said to the guys it was a good point, but we’ve got ambitions to finish as high up the league as possible. And we’ve got those ambitions and expectations because of how well we’ve done.

“We have to keep striving to be better, we have to focus on the next game and try to win the next game.”

John Kelly