Harris: Millwall not getting carried away after reality check

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NEIL Harris says the 15 games Millwall have played in League One “count for nothing” and Saturday’s clash with Bradford at The Den is “all that matters”.

Harris was unhappy with his side’s performance in the 2-0 win over Doncaster on Tuesday night, believing it to be a reality check after the impressive victories over Sheffield United and Swindon.

Asked what message he would convey to Lions fans after an eighth win in the last 12 games in all competitions, Harris said: “Small steps. We’re building blocks as we go. We’re getting better all the time. We’re certainly learning, and we certainly learned a lot about ourselves (Tuesday night).

“If anyone was getting carried away after a top performance against Sheffield United and a top performance against Swindon then I think this was a reminder that if we don’t hit our standards any team at this level can beat you.

“We’re not getting carried away. We know that as a group we’re getting better. The dressing room and the fanbase got a little too excited after winning at Shrewsbury on the opening day of the season.

“We all forgot how far we’re trying to go in a small space of time. So nobody’s getting carried away now.

“We roll on to Saturday. What’s gone in the last 15 games is done. It counts for nothing now – all that matters is the game against Bradford this weekend.”

Meanwhile, Doncaster boss Darren Ferguson, who has overseen just one win in four since succeeding Paul Dickov, thought his side gifted Millwall the three points.

He told the Yorkshire Post: “We’ve given them a free win really. The fans stuck with us, but they need results and positive football.

“However, the final ball needs to be better. We want to play common-sense football. We kept the ball a bit too well. We had a chance to frustrate Millwall and go from there.”

John Kelly