Millwall boss hails outstanding Marshall strike and says: 'The players want more'

By Jake Sanders

NEIL Harris saw his rampant Lions equal a club record and then said: ‘I want more.’

Millwall made it six away league wins on the spin as they moved to within three points of the play-offs before the later kick-offs with a 2-0 victory at Barnsley.

Lee Gregory and Ben Marshall struck in each half as the Lions stretched their unbeaten Championship record to 12 games.

The win means that no club in Europe’s top five Leagues, as well as the Championship, League One or League Two have picked up more points on the road – 18 – in 2018 and Harris revealed it means more to him than his players.

Harris said: “I am delighted for the club, not just to equal that record, but 15 clean sheets as well is a great achievement for us.

“Maybe [the record] means a little bit more to me and the staff, because you take pride in things like that. The players are just looking at the play-offs, that’s what they see.

“I want my team to chase records. We are delighted we have got six today and we get our name on that sheet, but we go to Ipswich next away game. Let’s go there and win and make it seven. We’ve got Forest in between.

“We kept finding ways to win games week after week. I want to continue that. I can’t wait for that weekend [Easter], what a massive weekend for our football club.

“Any three points at this level is a good achievement. I thought we found another way to win the game. We dominated early on, should have got our noses in front, but lacked a little bit of quality in the final third and then capitalised on a mistake. It was really good composure by us to score the goal and we never really felt in danger first half.

“Second half we came out and we were poor, by our standards over the last three months, we were really poor and really gave Barnsley a leg up to try and get back into the game. And then we scored at a key time and Ben Marshall’s goal was outstanding. It gave us that little cushion just to be able to see the game out comfortably.

“Six consecutive away wins is not easy to do at any level and not easy for Millwall to do in the Championship. It’s a testament to my players, not just in the team, but in my squad. They push each other and it is a winning mentality.

“There has been a lot of games recently where we have not been great. We’ve not got the ability at the moment to go through 90 minutes dominating games, so we have to find ways, whether that is by outscoring the opposition like we did at Leeds a few weeks back or Brentford last week or today where we had our backs against the walls, where you have to throw your bodies on the line.”

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