Harris knows Millwall must keep winning as two rivals drop out of top-six race

NEIL Harris said there was extra pressure on Millwall to beat Northampton – because he knew their play-offs rivals would all win on Friday.

The Lions defeated the Cobblers 3-0 after a brace from Jed Wallace and Aiden O’Brien’s strike before half-time to stay a point ahead of Southend, who won 4-0 at Chesterfield.

Of the sides below Millwall who had a chance to finish in the top six before Friday’s kick-offs, Peterborough United and Oxford United are now out of the race, after they lost to Fleetwood and Bradford City, respectively.

Fleetwood and Bradford can still go up automatically, as can Scunthorpe, who were 1-0 winners at MK Dons.

“I put a little bit of pressure on myself and the team because I presumed everyone else was going to win,” Harris said. “I looked at the fixtures and gut feeling told me Bradford, Scunthorpe, Southend, Fleetwood were all going to win.

“Three games to go and there are going to be twists and turns. What we’ve got to do is focus on ourselves and achieve as many points as we can, and not rely on anyone else.

“Seventy points with three games to go is a really good return. We go one game at a time, we have a tough game at Fleetwood on Monday.”

The comfortable nature of Millwall’s win meant Harris was able to take off Wallace, Lee Gregory and Steve Morison in the second half ahead of Monday’s clash with Fleetwood at Highbury Stadium.

And the Lions boss revealed Gregory is still not fully over a stomach problem.

He said: “Gregs hasn’t played a lot or trained a lot in the last three weeks. He has been cramping up and getting pains about 60 minutes into games. It just made sense to get him off.”

Meanwhile, skipper Tony Craig and Shane Ferguson are still not back in training. The pair will have physio work on Saturday but won’t travel with the squad unless they can join in and get through Sunday’s training session.

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John Kelly

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6 thoughts on “Harris knows Millwall must keep winning as two rivals drop out of top-six race

  • April 15, 2017 at 10:14
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    I've never got any good to say about other clubs but big shout out for nhamoton fans they applauded our 2nd goal and applauded our fans when we had to leave the terraces, we'll done nhamlton. Does anyone know how the guy is?

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  • April 15, 2017 at 16:16
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    Millwall has been playing great in all games if we lose its fine all we care about if we tried our best and put all our effort and to work all as a family

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  • April 15, 2017 at 16:19
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    COYL let keep this momentum going so we can get back to where we belong just focus on us we will go up if we played how we played in the first half / how is our true fan doing any good news anyone?

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  • April 15, 2017 at 16:22
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    NOLU WDC WAM SM WR MFTD MILLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL

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  • April 15, 2017 at 18:25
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    Good luck to the guy who collapsed hope all is well with him...as for the mighty lions as I said before we Will win our remaining games and get promoted after beating Scunthorpe in final at Wembly C O Y L

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  • April 17, 2017 at 07:30
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    Millwall will make it playoffs Harris is determined for us the make it and we will come on you lions

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