Millwall players given time off – but already told: 'Start thinking about Forest and Ipswich'

MILLWALL’S players have already been told to focus on Easter – with Neil Harris demanding a maximum return of points when the Lions resume their league campaign after the international break.

Millwall defeated Barnsley 2-0 on Saturday, and most of the squad was rewarded with extra time off, with the first-teamers not back in the training ground until Thursday.

There will be little rest for the international contingent – James Meredith, Tim Cahill, George Saville, Shane Ferguson, Conor McLaughlin, Jordan Archer and Mahlon Romeo – who have left to join up with their countries for international friendlies.

Millwall face Nottingham Forest on Good Friday and Ipswich on Easter Monday and are determined to cut the four-point gap to the top six.

Harris was jokingly asked after the victory at Oakwell if he will get carried away with their current form and he responded: “Not me, but we might be scaring the life out of a few people.”

He added: “I said a few weeks ago we’re going like a steam train and it doesn’t look like we’re going to get derailed at the moment.

“The break comes at a good time in some sense because we’ve had a few players carrying injuries and we’ve had to nurse them through.

“On the flip side we’ve got a number of players away on international duty and we want them back healthy. We’ve a massive Easter period, and I’ve said to the players already: ‘Start thinking about Easter.’

“We’ve got six points to play for and we will be chasing the six points over that period. If we can get those six points, or four points, we’re right in there with a shout for the play-offs.”

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John Kelly