Millwall boss tells players: Raise standards against Shrews

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NEIL Harris has challenged his players to repeat their recent performances at The Den when they meet Shrewsbury this Saturday.

Millwall have won four of their last five matches at home without conceding a goal and face a Shrews side that lost 5-1 to Wigan last weekend but were unbeaten in their previous nine in the league.

Harris was unhappy with the performance in the 0-0 draw with Colchester last weekend, but emphasised his side weren’t far off their normal level.

“We probably only dropped five per cent but my demand is that we have high standards all the time,” Harris said.

“I have to focus my players and I have to put the challenge to them to make them think, ‘I’ve got to do this because it’s what the manager expects’. The reason we are where we are in the league and the reason we’ve achieved so much in a short space of time is because of those standards

“Now we have to raise them again to achieve the ambition of promotion."

Shrewsbury had been slowly edging away from the relegation zone on the back of that unbeaten run, but last Saturday’s defeat to the Latics and wins for Fleetwood and Oldham midweek means they are still scrapping to avoid dropping into League Two. They are just two points above the bottom four.

Millwall defeated Shrewsbury 2-1 in the first match of the season but Micky Mellon has made a number of changes to his squad since then.

Five players who started for Shrewsbury at New Meadow on August 8 are either out on loan or have left permanently.

Mellon has brought in eight players this year, including the loan signing of Crystal Palace’s Sullay KaiKai who has scored six goals in his last five matches.

“They’ve done really well of late,” Harris said. “Micky Mellon really changed it up in January, he let some of his players go to other clubs and brought in new faces to mix it up.

“It’s had the desired effect and they’re a strong, solid, physical outfit that means we’ve got to get back to our standards. We need to put in the same level of performance that we did against Burton and Sheffield United and Blackpool. That’s what I’ll be expecting on Saturday.”

John Kelly