NEIL Harris admitted his side weren’t at their best at Burton – but praised his players for ‘finding a way to win’ as the Lions moved to within six points of sixth in the Championship.
Ben Marshall scored the only goal of the game – his first for Millwall – in the 61st minute at the Pirelli Stadium.
Burton went close through Darren Bent in the first half and defender Tom Naylor headed wide twice late on, but Nigel Clough’s side couldn’t rescue a point from the game, their 13th without a win at home in the league.
It was Millwall’s fourth successive away league win.
“I’ve got to be honest, Millwall are going like a steam train at the minute,” Harris said. “We have no fear of the division anymore. Four in a row away from home and anyone who has seen us all season knows we could easily have double that on the road.
“That was probably our worst performance on the road this year, bar maybe Norwich. Burton will feel they could have got something from the game, but I thought we should have comfortably won the home game against them, so swings and roundabouts.
“You have to give credit to the players for finding a way to win again. I couldn’t be happier at the moment.
“We’re moving in the right direction, it’s a tough league with some good players and some good clubs. But we’ve got a good squad of players and they are striving to be better all the time.”
Bent had a chance to put Burton ahead in the opening period, before Jake Cooper slid in to block.
“Burton could feel hard-done-by,” Harris said. "Jake made a slight error but got back to make the tackle.
“Those five minutes before half-time were crucial because I think if Burton had scored then it could have been a different second half.
“You take the scrappy goals, the bit of fortune, because it doesn’t come along too often at this sort of level.”
Millwall haven’t lost in the league since New Year’s Day, and face Sunderland next Saturday when a win and other results going their way could take them as high as ninth.
Harris said: “We have consistency individually and collectively, it took us a while to find our feet in this division.
“Nothing has changed in style of play, but adding players in the January transfer window was big. I feel the whole mentality of the training ground changed, bringing in players with Tim Cahill and Jason Shackell’s experience, Ben Marshall’s quality, and Harry Toffolo’s competitiveness to push players.
“That has certainly added to the group and the mindset of the players. They know they have to play well or they don’t play.”
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