Millwall boss pleased with Gills victory ahead of play-offs

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NEIL Harris believes it's an "incredible achievement" that Millwall surpassed the 80-point mark after their 2-1 win over Gillingham set up a play-off semi-final against Bradford.

The Lions stole the points with a 98th-minute winner courtesy of a penalty from Lee Gregory, six minutes after John Egan had cancelled out Aiden O’Brien’s 55th-minute opener.

And Harris expressed his delight at securing home advantage for the second leg of the semi-final, which will give his young team the opportunity to sample the atmosphere of a play-off game under the lights at The Den.

“The boys are buzzing,” Harris said. “They are absolutely delighted. I demanded a victory today from them. It was a real test of their character and mentality to see if they could give that to me.

“That was the best game we could have asked for in terms of the atmosphere, the tempo to the game and the difficult opposition.

“That was the best game we could possibly face going into the play-offs.

“I’m delighted for the team. That’s four wins in a row, we can't be in better form going into a play-off campaign.

Harris added: “I said to the boys that all I wanted was a performance. I wanted us to finish with three points. If you get over 80 points in a season it’s an incredible achievement and the boys have done that.

“I said to the guys it would be nice to be home for the second leg because I want my players, especially the young ones, to experience The Den on an evening game in a play-off campaign. It’ll be an awesome experience for them.

“Some of the older players have experienced it and with that win we will be at home for the second leg.”

In what was a hot and humid afternoon in Kent, Harris admitted the temperature took his players by surprise and said his side will not change how they approach next week’s first leg with Bradford.

“The heat came from nowhere," Harris said. “It wasn’t just that, but the atmosphere as well. I thought the Gillingham fans and our fans made it a great atmosphere and when we scored it boiled over and came to the forefront.

“It was tough but we took care of the boys this week.

“We've had a couple days training in it but the change in temperature was chucked on everyone. In pre-season, it’s all right, as you expect.

“We won’t change anything going into next week either. We will continue to work methodically and build the players up.

“For me, however, it was another great experience for my players going into a play-off game.

“We’ve four wins in a row and we carry that momentum on into next week”

Jay Taylor

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