Harris warns Millwall face different Oldham under Sheridan

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MILLWALL manager Neil Harris believes his team will be facing an “ultra-organised” Oldham side in the last home league game of the season on Saturday.

The Lions defeated Oldham 2-1 at Boundary Park in January to leave the Latics five points from safety after they had won just three league games all season.

John Sheridan, who managed the club from 2006 to 2009, was appointed as David Dunn’s successor the following week and though he lost his first two games in charge, a run of seven unbeaten, when they conceded just four goals, boosted their hopes of avoiding the drop. They secured their League One status last weekend when they defeated Crewe 1-0.

Millwall last week defeated a Bury side who had also confirmed their safety, but Harris isn’t expecting Sheridan’s side to ease off at The Den.

“Oldham will be similar, they’re a good team,” Harris said. “We prepared for them in December when the game was called off and again in January. So we’ve prepared in-depth for them. They’ve got some good players but when we’ve watched them they’ve been getting punished for individual errors.

“What John Sheridan has done is he’s made them ultra-organised and they seem to have cut out a lot of those errors. Hence why they’ve been getting results.

“They’ll be a dangerous team and it’ll be a good challenge for us. What we have to do is focus on ourselves and what we can control in our build-up to the game and our preparation.”

Millwall are looking for a sixth successive home win as they play their final League One game at The Den this season, in contrast to their dismal form in August when they lose their first four home games of the campaign.

They have lost just one league game at home in the league since 2016, and Harris admitted it took a lot of effort to turn that form around as he looked forward to the Oldham clash.

“I’m stressing to the players it’s brilliant to be back at The Den,” Harris said. “We’re looking forward to it as a group and it’s a really big game for us. We want to continue our good form and build on five home wins in a row.”

“There was a lot of excitement at the start of the season but it quickly dwindled because we struggled at home. We’ve worked extremely hard on our mentality as well as on the physical side of the game, and credit goes to the players, they have been outstanding. They’re the ones that have to cross the white line.

“Our home form has been as good as anyone’s apart from the first four games of the season and we’ve just got to continue that. I want them to go and enjoy themselves and play. Work hard as a team and be solid but then when we get the ball enjoy ourselves and make good decisions. That’s been a key aspect of our success since Boxing Day.”

John Kelly