O'Brien: Millwall are coming on strongly at the right time

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AIDEN O’Brien says Millwall aren’t going to worry about the results of other sides with just two league games remaining this season.

The Lions can still finish in the top two, while at least a point this weekend would confirm a top-six place. They can also still finish outside the top six, though it would take an unlikely set of results for that to happen.

If Neil Harris’ side defeat Oldham on Saturday they must hope Burton lose at home to seventh-placed Gillingham for the race for automatic promotion to go down to the final day. Millwall also need Walsall to lose one or draw both of their final two fixtures.

O’Brien admits to being intrigued by the prospect of a knockout route to decide who gets promoted to the Championship, but hasn’t given up on going up automatically yet.

“I’ve never played in a play-of campaign in my life but we can still grab second, it’s not out of reach,” O’Brien said. “We’ve got Oldham in our last game at home this season and we want to show the fans what we showed at Bury – that we mean business towards the end of the season.

“We get the results of other teams afterwards in the changing room but we try not to have our game influenced by what other people are doing.”

Millwall kept up their side of the bargain with a 3-1 win over Bury last weekend that puts them on the brink of the play-offs, and O’Brien was pleased with his own performance after the break at Gigg Lane after he felt had played below standard in the first half.

“The first half things weren’t quite going the way I’d planned,” O’Brien admitted. “At half-time I sat down and thought to myself I’m a much better player than I’d shown in the first 45 minutes.

“I wanted to go out and play with a smile on my face and not think too much about it. I did that and played 100 times better. I was proud of that so I’ve got to keep doing that and not put too much stress on myself.”

The Lions go into the Latics clash on the back of five successive home wins, and O’Brien thinks they are peaking at the right time after a poor start to the season.

“We just needed to get the balance right and I think we’re doing that now,” O’Brien said.

“We’re not pushovers now. We started off slowly, lost a few games at home, but I think we’re coming on strongly towards the end of the season.

“We know if we win every game from now until whenever the season ends we don’t have to worry about anyone else.”

John Kelly