Millwall boss: 'Established in the Championship? No – we need to improve away form'

NEIL Harris has refused to say that Millwall have established themselves in the Championship – instead challenging his players to improve their away from home. 

Millwall have yet to win on the road this season, but another impressive performance yielded a clean sheet and a point at Cardiff City on Saturday.

The Lions travel to Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday night before a clash at home against Burton on Saturday ahead of the next international break.

The Lions are 15th in the Championship table, closer to the top six than the bottom three on points, but Harris isn’t getting carried away.

He said: “I think we’ve got a foothold in the division, yes. Well established? No, we certainly don’t want to get into that mindset at the moment.

“We’re competing in every game, but we certainly need to be more clinical in every game, more ruthless and better with the ball on the road.

“We’ve no problem getting box to box but around the penalty area, on the counter-attack and with our build-up play the final product just hasn’t been quite there for us.

“That will come.

“But if you’re not scoring at one end you’ve got to keep it to zeros and ones at the other and we’ve been good at doing that on the road."

Millwall had Jordan Archer to thank for a sixth clean sheet of the season at the weekend, as he produced top-class saves before half-time at Cardiff City Stadium to deny Danny Ward and Junior Hoilett.

Harris felt Millwall were more comfortable in the second half as they blunted a dangerous Bluebirds side.

“I thought Jordan made two really good saves in the first half, one low down was really good,” Harris said. “When you go away from home playing against teams near the top of the league you need your goalkeeper to be in top form.

“It was a massive part for us getting a clean sheet. There was a 10-minute spell just before half-time when Cardiff were on top and bossed the game.

“The first 20 minutes we were excellent and should have been in front when Lee Gregory went through but put it over the bar.

“Second half we were really comfortable and competed. It was a scrappy game, ugly at times, both teams played direct and played for second balls.

“I was really pleased because away at Cardiff it was a really strong performance and to get a clean sheet was a really good achievement.

“They competed really well against a big physical, experienced Championship side with good knowhow at this level.

“We stood strong against set-pieces, long throws, it was difficult. They’ve got some really good players as well on the counter-attack. Their two best chances came on the counter-attack from our throw-ins and the two good saves Jordan made were after counters.”

"We had to adjust slightly at half-time, get a few things better preparation- and set-up-wise. That’s why we were so pleased with the point because second half we limited Cardiff to very few opportunities in and around our penalty area.

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John Kelly