STEVE Lomas says his players must live up to the high standards set by their midweek win over Blackpool when they face local rivals Charlton on Saturday.
Lomas believes the Lions "set down a marker" against the Tangerines and has demanded a repeat performance in the South London derby at The Valley.
He said: "It is going to be a typical derby – very physical. We will need to do all of the basics well – like we did on Tuesday – and man-for-man battles will be key.
"If we can win enough of them, then that goes a long way to getting a result. The lads have set down a marker now – that effort, that commitment is a prerequistie and is the bare minimum expected of them.
"You can have a bad game, your first touch can be heavy and your passing can be off, but if you scrap and give the bloke your playing against have a tough afternoon, then you cannot really complain.
"Managers will be talking about the same basics in another 100 years, whatever way football goes. You've got to pay teams respect and fight for every ball – that will be the crux of the derby on Saturday."
Asked what he expects from the Addicks, who were beaten 2-1 at Huddersfield on Tuesday, Lomas said: "Yann Kermorgant is a very good individual but Charlton have a good team ethos about them; they all work hard and know their jobs.
"It will be a high-tempo, in-your-face game and it is live on television, so there is an added incentive there as well. It will be a very tough game so we have to follow on from recent away performances."
He added: "Our comeback against Blackpool was especially pleasing because it showed that there is character and togetherness in the team. Even the players who were left out of the squad came into the dressing room afterwards and celebrated with the boys."
3,000 Millwall fans are expected to make the short journey to SE7 for the lunchtime kick-off, and Lomas once again hailed their support in midweek.
"I thought they were brilliant and their backing must have given the players a massive lift, because it certainly gave me one," he said. "They got behind the team really well.
"If you are trying and having a go, fans appreciate that and especially Millwall fans. They're honest, loyal and they will accept a bad result here and there as long as the manner of the performance is right.
"If you give it everything and graft for every ball, they will go with you."