Millwall boss: Only good position is in top six

NEIL Harris was pleased that Millwall’s Christmas period yielded 10 points from four games – but he won’t be happy until his side are in League One’s top six.

The Lions’ 2-2 draw at AFC Wimbledon on Monday afternoon leaves them in ninth place in the table, just two points off the play-off places.

Millwall have a break from the league next weekend when they play AFC Bournemouth in the third round of the FA Cup, before a trip to Charlton the following Wednesday.

“We’ve got ourselves into a steady position,” Harris said. “I wouldn’t say we’re in a good position – being in the top six is a good position.

“Over the Christmas period we’ve had a sustained push and some fantastic results. We’ve given some bragging rights to our fans in local games which is really important.

“We’ve proven ourselves as a really good side and what we have to do is go into an FA Cup game looking forward to it and trying to win a game. But when we come back to league fixtures starting with Charlton we have to make sure we continue the form we’re in and look to build on this period.”

Millwall missed out on the opportunity to move into the top six when they were twice hauled back by the Dons.

The Lions had a penalty shout with the score at 2-2 in the second half at Kingsmeadow when former Millwall defender Paul Robinson seemed to drag down Byron Webster. Harris wasn’t satisfied with the referee’s performance.

“It was a physical game, a lot of decisions went against us that were clearly our way,” Harris said. “Sometimes that just happens and that will be notified in my report.

“We weren’t at our best, we got ourselves in front twice but didn’t kick on. In the second half we weren’t on the front foot, we invited pressure on and got too deep.

“I can’t argue with the fact there was a point either way, that was about right.”

Harris named the same starting XI for the fourth successive game, and says those players who haven’t been in the team recently are desperate to feature against the Cherries on Saturday.

“They’re a competitive bunch, players will be disappointed they didn’t start,” Harris said. “Players want to play and the FA Cup is a tough game against an established Premier League side this year. They’re a very good side.

“So it’ll be tough for us but there will also be a chance for us to cause an upset. Whether it’s the same players or different players everyone will want to go on the pitch wanting to be a part of it and make a name for themselves."

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John Kelly