Millwall boss: We're focusing on ourselves – not on what top-six rivals are doing

NEIL Harris admitted that given Millwall’s poor form earlier in the season he “would have bitten your hand off” for their current position of seventh.

Millwall were 12th in December when they lost 1-0 at home to Shrewsbury, but go into Tuesday night’s return fixture just three points off Southend in sixth after Saturday’s win over Scunthorpe.

Harris, however, insisted all that counts is where his side is in the League One table at the end of April.

“I would have bitten your hand off on December 17 [after a 3-0 loss at Scunthorpe] to be in this position. At the start of the season I would like to have been in a top-six position now, but we are very, very close.

“We can’t focus on other teams and who’s playing who, it’s about individual games. We focus on what we can affect with our mentality and our intensity.

“We executed the game plan excellently on Saturday, the players were outstanding, and we have to take that into Tuesday.

“If we do that Tuesday night then we give ourselves an excellent chance of winning the game and carrying that into Saturday.

“So one game at a time. April 30 is the time to look back and see if we’re in a good position or not – and we’re not at the moment.”

After their Greenhous Meadow clash Millwall travel to Gillingham on Saturday. Gillingham are 20th, two points ahead of Shrewsbury.

“I’ve said what a big seven days for us, the players performed Saturday like they knew that as well,” Harris added.

“I said to the players we don’t answer critics with one performance, we have to do it again and again. Saturday was a great start in an important week. We’ve got two tough away games in Shrewsbury and Gillingham, both find themselves in the relegation area and are scrapping for their lives.

“We’ve seen in Chesterfield and Oldham in particular even when we were the better team, they were difficult opposition.

“We have to put in the same level of performance as we did Saturday in both games.

“Our focus now is solely on Shrewsbury. There’s certainly an element of revenge to the game because we felt very hard done by when they beat us at The Den before Christmas.

“It’s not only that reason we want to win the game, we’ve got to carry the momentum and intensity in our performance into Tuesday night.”

Image: Millwall FC 

John Kelly


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