Millwall boss challenged his players at half-time against Burton Albion

MILLWALL are six points off sixth in the Championship – but Neil Harris has urged the Lions must be “realistic” about a play-off challenge.

Millwall are unbeaten in eight league games and have cut the gap to the play-off spots from 12 points to six in just over a month.

Millwall defeated Burton 1-0 at the weekend and face Sunderland next Saturday, with 12 games to go this season.

“I think we have to be realistic, at the moment we’re six points off the play-offs and on a great run. It becomes if the bubble bursts and you lose a couple of games then you’re looking at the other side of it,” Harris said.

“What I will say at the moment is that my players have earned the right to be in the division, they have earned the right over the last three years to be a top-half Championship side.

“Any club that has come across us this year wouldn’t dispute that we’re a top-half team. We have to keep looking up because we have to keep striving to be better.”

Harris revealed recently his aim for the season was to see his team reach 50 points, a target they could surpass next weekend.

Harris said: “Do I think it will be 50 points to stay in the division? No, I don’t, this season. But we want to push to 50 points as soon as possible and I want that to be next week against Sunderland. I want a home win against Sunderland.

“We should be looking up because we’ve earned the right with the results we’ve got, the clean sheets we’ve kept, the goals we’ve scored, the form we’ve had recently, to be pushing the teams above us.

“I want the players to be better all the time. I said to the players at half-time: ‘What do you want, do you want a 0-0 draw, or do you want nine points in a week?’ Well, you saw the response, they found a way again.

“The players keep finding a way. It’s a great position for me to be in and I’m really proud of the players.”

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John Kelly