Holloway praises Harris as he tips Millwall to progress

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EX-Millwall boss Ian Holloway believes his successor Neil Harris has done a "brilliant job" and he is backing the Lions for promotion to the Championship.

Millwall face Bradford in the first leg of their play-off semi-final this Sunday, and Holloway is tipping Lee Gregory and Steve Morison to swing the odds of success their side's way.

Holloway was appointed Lions manager in January 2014 and though he saved them from relegation to League One that season he was sacked 14 months later with the side second from bottom in the Championship.

Harris took over on a caretaker basis before being appointed full-time manager and rebuilt the squad last summer with a heavy focus on a blend between experience, players who had come through the academy and astute signings such as Jordan Archer and Mahlon Romeo who had been discarded by other clubs.

And Holloway has been impressed with the job Harris has done this season.

In his column with Sky Sports, in which he names Morison as the key man, Holloway says: "Millwall could be set for an immediate return to the Championship after a promising season which saw a number of youngsters seize the first-team opportunities handed to them by boss Neil Harris.

"However, it will be strike duo Steve Morison and Lee Gregory who will be of most concern to play-off opponents Bradford. The pair have scored 43 goals between them in all competitions this season.

"I fancy Millwall strongly to win the play-offs.

"Harris is leading a fresh young team into a new era and he's done a brilliant job. They probably could've done with avoiding Bradford in the play-offs as they're a dangerous outfit at Valley Parade and have only conceded one goal there in the last seven games.

"However, over two legs Millwall should have enough firepower in Lee Gregory and Steve Morison to get the job done. A draw here would be a great result for the Lions."