GEORGE Saville is not ruling out an unlikely surge for the play-offs but stressed: “We’re not going to get ahead of ourselves.”
Millwall manager Neil Harris and his players are having to get used to the question being asked whether they can contest a third successive play-off campaign. The Lions are six points off Bristol City in sixth and Saville admitted the pressure is off as they will achieve their main objective of staying up in their first season back in the Championship since 2014-15.
Millwall have lost just once in their last 11 league games and Saville was asked after Saturday’s 1-0 win at Burton if they could reach the play-offs this season.
“There’s no reason why not,” he responded. “We’ve created that gap we wanted to between us and the bottom three. We are now looking up rather than down.
“Our form over the last five or six games shows there is no reason why we can’t have a go at it.
“We’re not going to get ahead of ourselves. We’ve overachieved a little bit and put ourselves in a very good position.
“The results are coming now away from home, that’s a key factor. We were putting in performances away from home and not getting the results we deserved. There were many games we should have got a win or nicked something but we didn’t.
“That first away win came against Leeds and we haven’t really looked back. It’s fantastic from everyone involved.
“Positive results bring confidence throughout the side. There’s more belief in the squad and we’re going into games thinking, ‘we’ll be disappointed if we don’t win this’.”
Millwall have 48 points, two off the target Harris had wanted before the start of the season.
Saville denied there would be any easing off if they pass that mark next Saturday against Sunderland.
“I don’t think so at this football club. The personnel, the team, everyone knows their job. We’ve got 12 games left now and we want to go and enjoy ourselves. There is no pressure on us so let’s see where it takes us,” Saville said.
"I always look at the table, look out for results. It’s nice for me to be able to sit here and speak to you guys and say we’re more looking up now rather than looking backwards.
"I don’t think we should get ahead of ourselves. The aim at the start of the season was to stay up and we knew could. People were writing us off but we knew we were good enough.
“It’s great to be able to prove to people we’re not just fighting to stay up. We’re in a good position.
“Next game is Sunderland, another where we can get three points.”
Millwall won for the first time at the Pirelli Stadium, on their second visit, and Saville admitted the 1-0 loss to the Brewers last November when Jed Wallace was sent off was a motivating factor.
He said: “We didn’t deserve to lose that game, we had a sending-off that wasn’t a sending-off and it turned the game. We said in the camp that we owed them one. That wasn’t good enough from us back in November and we put that right.”
Ben Marshall grabbed Millwall’s winner against Nigel Clough’s side, and Saville praised his ex-Wolves team-mate for his impact since joining in January. “He’s added extra quality. I know him and know what he’s about. He got that goal we needed. It doesn’t matter how they come, it gets him off the mark. Hopefully now he can push on.”
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