KENNY Jackett says Millwall will have to be at their best against Huddersfield Town on Saturday in what is a do-or-die match for the Yorkshire club.
The Terriers are languishing in the relegation zone with just three games to play – and so the visit of the Lions could well be a decisive day in their season.
Jackett is braced for an onslaught and predicts his side will have to be physically and mentally tough if they are to put an end to their own fears of the drop with a vital win.
He told NewsAtDen: "This is a very big game for them with three games left. Playing us at home is a big opportunity for them so players and supporters alike will be fired up for this game.
"There will be a terrific atmosphere at the John Smith Stadium and I think it will be very intimidating because they will want to capitalise on their home games.
"I think it'll be quite edgy and tight – as a lot of games are at this stage with so much riding on them."
Victory would all-but secure Millwall's Championship status for another campaign, while plunging Huddersfield further into trouble, but Jackett admits he would be satisfied with a draw.
"As we play our competitors, we are looking to increase that gap," he said. "Our next two games are against teams just below us in the league in Huddersfield and Blackburn Rovers.
"To not get beaten on Saturday would be a terrific achievement because we need to make sure they don't gain ground on us. Every positive result is a big stride at this stage.
"It would be great if we could win because three points would be massive – going from 52 points to 55 against Watford was a huge leap. As the games dwindle down, every point matters."
Jackett believes the quality in Huddersfield's squad is testament to the strength of the division – and says the Lions could be about to face one of their toughest tests of the season.
"In James Vaughan, Jermaine Beckford, Neil Danns, Sean Scannell and Adam Clayton, Huddersfield have people with pedigree in the Championship," Jackett said.
"They made a very good start to the season and looked like they could be challenging at one stage. There is no real bottom to this league – it's very, very tight amongst a number of clubs.
"It's their first year in the Championship after working hard to get out of League One – and we know them very well from those days. Like ourselves, they are trying very hard to secure their status.
"They have a good squad and a very capable one with a high number of players capable of doing it at this level. We'll have to be ready, strong and we'll have so start fast. We need to be at our best."