'Picky' Harris still sees room for Millwall improvement

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MILLWALL boss Neil Harris has promised his side will “get at” Bradford in the second leg of their League One play-off semi-final at The Den on Friday night.

The Lions hold a two-goal advantage after a 3-1 win in the first leg at Valley Parade last Sunday, but Harris insisted they will not change their usual approach.

Millwall have won five successive games and are unbeaten in eight at The Den. They have conceded just one goal in those eight games.

Harris admitted he wasn’t expecting Millwall to have such a significant advantage ahead of Friday’s clash, but is pressing home to his squad the importance of maintaining their normal focus.

“It’s a different challenge,” Harris said. “I’ve said to the guys we’re two-nil up in the first minute. The players have got that confidence but it’s a strange situation to be in.

“It’s one we would have taken at twelve o’clock last Sunday. Where we’ve been so good this year is we don’t change our mentality, we won’t change now.

“It’s carried us this far and the players won’t change, they won’t do anything different. We’ll play an aggressive form of football and we’ll get at Bradford.

“We’ll have to defend very well, like we did on Sunday, and we’ll again be aggressive in our defensive approach. But we’ll also be more of a goal threat than we were last week in the second half.”

Although Millwall halted Bradford’s seven-game winning streak at home in spectacular fashion with goals from Lee Gregory, Steve Morison and Joe Martin after Tony McMahon’s opener, Harris still sees room for improvement.

He explained: “In the second period we defended really strongly but we made some individual errors. We know we need to cut them out and as an attacking threat we weren’t as good as we normally are.

“If I was being really picky I wasn’t happy with our performance after the break so there’s loads for us to do better.”

With Millwall 90 minutes away from Wembley for the second time this season, defender Carlos Edwards wasn’t shy in expressing how much it would mean to the players, saying: “We might chew someone’s hands off to get to the final, let alone lift the trophy.”

Meanwhile, Bradford City on Thursday confirmed their striker James Hanson will miss the second leg with a calf problem. Reece Burke and Billy Clarke both trained this week and look like they will be fit for Friday night's clash.

John Kelly