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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