Millwall boss allays fears for return Scunthorpe leg

MILLWALL manager Neil Harris has dismissed any fears his players will be jaded in the second leg of the League One play-off semi-final against Scunthorpe at Glanford Park on Sunday.

The Lions travel to Scunthorpe on Saturday, before they kick off their attempt to reach Wembley less than 72 hours after the 0-0 draw in the first leg at The Den on Thursday.

Their defining clash with the Iron will be Millwall’s 60th game of the season, compared to the 56th for Scunthorpe.

Asked if his side was capable of playing with the same intensity they showed in the first leg, Harris said: “Yeah, we are, because we have all season.”

He added: "If anything, being away from home will help us because we’ll spend a lot of time together over the course of the next 72 hours.

“It gives us an opportunity to make sure the guys are eating, sleeping, ice baths…treating them like babies, really, over the next 72 hours to make sure they’re ready to go again.

“When there’s so much at stake, the turnaround is the same for everyone, you’ll have 22 players on the pitch ready to go again.

“There’s a lot of experience in the dressing room and fresh legs if need be.

“We have [Friday] to recover and prepare. We’ll travel there Saturday and be in Scunthorpe Saturday afternoon. We’ll have a period of 36 hours together to make sure that the players are well looked after.”

Scunthorpe are favourites to go through to the Wembley decider, but Millwall showed in their final-day 4-3 win at Bristol Rovers that they can produce a result when they have to.

Harris is bullish about his side’s chances of reaching the final for the second season in a row.

He said: “If we replicate [Thursday night’s] defensive show, and that intensity and determination, and add that little bit more quality, I’d certainly imagine that we’re going to get a bit more luck in their penalty area.

“At Bristol my gut feeling told me we had to win the game. We haven’t got to win the game on Sunday in 90 minutes. A draw takes it to extra-time and then penalties if need be.”

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