SCOTT Malone has been warned not to get too far ahead of himself after his impressive run of form.
Malone, who was Millwall's man of the match against QPR last weekend, has been keeping Shane Lowry on the bench with his energetic displays at left back.
But manager Steve Lomas does not want the 22-year-old to get complacent.
"Nobody wants Scott Malone to succeed more than me," Lomas said. "I can see that he's got everything – apart from what we are currently trying to work with him on, which is, first and foremost, defending the far post and stopping crosses into our box.
"Then, if he can go forward in terms of running at defenders and attacking, Scott will have everything there. What I don't want is Scott to think, 'I'm in the team, that's it', because if he starts to go back to where he was before, he'll be out of the team.
"Shane is chomping at the bit to get back in; he's ready and raring to go, he's looking sharp in training and as fit as I've ever seen him, so Scott has to keep his level of performances up. Scott realises that it is his shirt to lose and hopefully that will spur him on."
Lomas has been pleased with another of his defenders, Paul Connolly, who has stepped in at right back while Alan Dunne serves a two-match suspension.
"I was really impressed with Paul against QPR because it was a very tough game to come into the team for," the Lions boss said.
"Unfortunately he made his debut in the Derby game and, through no fault of his own, he was out of the team after that. We picked up a few wins and Paul had to be patient. He stuck in there and has been a top professional, so I was delighted with him."