Harris wants positive Millwall response after Coventry hurt

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MILLWALL boss Neil Harris says his players are “hurting” after Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to Coventry, and he wants them to bounce back with a win at home to Fleetwood on Tuesday night.

The Lions go into the fixture in fifth place in League One, three points clear of Barnsley, who play Peterborough tonight, in seventh.

The fixture is Millwall’s second-last home game of the regular league season, against a side that ended their nine-game unbeaten run in November with a 2-1 win at Highbury Stadium.

Millwall have avenged defeats to Burton, Walsall, Peterborough, Chesterfield and Southend this season. Harris admitted the Lions were second best in difficult playing conditions the last time the sides met, but he hopes last Saturday’s experience at the Ricoh Arena will be the spur they need to get three points.

“We’ve responded well to disappointments, whether it's the game before or results earlier in the season,” Harris said. “It’s exactly the same with this one.

“We were well beaten at Fleetwood. I was honest about that after the game, they were better than on us on the evening. They put in a better performance in the conditions and deservedly beat us.

“But we’re obviously hurting from Saturday and I’m looking for a response from my players. Generally I’ve had that this season and that’s the challenge now.

“We’ve got to continue the level of home form we’ve had since Christmas which has been fantastic. I’m really looking forward to being back at The Den Tuesday night.

With top scorer Lee Gregory a doubt to start, Steve Morison and Aiden O’Brien could continue their partnership up front.

And Harris was enthused by the pair’s link-up on Saturday before Shaun Williams’ red card forced a tactical reshuffle, with O’Brien moving to the wing before eventually being replaced with the more defensive Ed Upson.

“I thought Steve and Aiden were outstanding for 25 minutes, they were a threat and a handful,” Harris said. “Their movement was as good as any we’ve had this season, but obviously the sending-off changed our ability to be able to play two high up the park.

“It was pleasing that Aiden went back up front and looked really bright and sharp.”