Harris turns Millwall focus to Blackpool after Wigan draw

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MILLWALL manager Neil Harris has stressed the point against Wigan will only be a valuable one if they follow it up with a win against Blackpool.

The 0-0 stalemate on Tuesday night leaves Millwall in fifth place in League One, three points ahead of Coventry, with the next ten teams separated by just eight points.

Despite creating more than 20 chances to score against Wigan, the Lions came up against Jussi Jaaskelainen in superb form and he helped his side gain a point after Sam Morsy's red card gave Millwall the impetus to launch waves of attacks in the second half.

Millwall also could have had a penalty just before the break when Lee Gregory appeared to be fouled in the box as he was about to shoot, but Harris preferred to focus on the positive aspects of his side's performance.

"I haven't seen it again," Harris said. "At the time we all thought it was a penalty but I'm not going to be critical of the referee until I've seen it again. But at game speed it looked like it was clear-cut penalty to me.

"I can't focus on what the referee did or didn't do, I've got to focus on how well we played. But the fact is we should have had three points.

"I was delighted with the performance. We created lots of chances, there were lots of really good balls into the box. But I thought their centre-halves defended magnificently and I'm just disappointed that we didn't score a goal.

"I thought we deserved to win but what we have to do now is recover for Saturday and make sure that beating Blackpool is a priority.

"That would make this a really good point."

John Kelly