ALAN Dunne believes Saturday's local derby against Charlton will have a major bearing on whether Millwall are playing Championship football next season.
The long-serving defender, who returned to the side in the 1-0 win over Derby last weekend, was rested at Blackpool in midweek but is expected to start the game at The Den tomorrow.
And the 31-year-old admits the importance of the Addicks clash cannot be understated, with both clubs desperately needing a win in their battles against relegation.
The victor will give their survival hopes a major boost with three vital points while severely denting the other team's chances of staying in the second tier.
Dunne said: "Charlton and Millwall go back a long way and there are massive bragging rights on offer. It will be a game that could decide our season.
"They won't want to get beaten, they will come here and sit back and try to nick a goal. We'll be going for it because we need the points."
Charlton drew 0-0 at home to Huddersfield on Wednesday evening and have four games in hand on Millwall, but Dunne believes the Valley club would rather have the Lions' points.
"They've got a lot of games to play so we've got to tear into them from the off," he said.
"You would definitely rather have the points on the board, especially when you have to play Saturday-Tuesday back-to-back between now and the end of the season.
"It is a chance for us to pull away from them and what they do with their games in hand is down to them.
"We know that our points are there, in the bag, and now they've got to go and win games.
"They could leave themselves open in games because they know that they need to make up the points difference, and it's not easy to do that under pressure."