Millwall boss urges players to 'carry the dream'

NEIL Harris has urged his players to pick up as many points over Easter as possible – “to carry the dream” into the final month of the season.

Millwall face Nottingham Forest at The Den on Good Friday before travelling to Ipswich on Easter Monday.

The Lions are four points off the play-offs, and if they win at Portman Road they will break the club record for successive away league victories.

Millwall have won eight and drawn four of their last twelve league games, and it could take a similar run of form to secure an improbable top-six finish.

The Lions’ longest unbeaten run under Harris is 17 games in all competitions, which they achieved last season.

“It’s easier said than done,” Harris admitted. “To have done it in twelve, and to then go and do it in eight is a long stretch. However, we’ve done it before.

“Can we go and do it? Why not? The players are certainly approaching every game thinking they can win. I stand on the sideline watching my team in a great position as a football manager knowing my players are going to give me everything on the pitch.

“Whether we play badly and get beaten, whether we win games like we have been doing, they are going to give everything – and that’s all I can ask for.

“We’re competitive in every fixture. We’re on a great run and at the moment we look hard to beat, hard to break down and when teams do break us down we’ve got players throwing their bodies on the line. We also look very capable in front of goal, we’re creating lots of chances.

“We’ve got into this position by going one game at a time. That doesn’t change. I’m talking openly about the Easter weekend being a massive weekend for this football club.

“However, it’s Forest first. We’re playing against a team that’s in good form, but a team that’s there to be shot at for us. Then we go to Ipswich, a team that’s had some good results but is in a little bit of disharmony.

“The only pressure on us at the moment comes from me saying to my players, ‘well, if we want to get into the play-offs we need to pick some points up over Easter’. That’s got to be our aim, to pick up as many points as we can and carry the dream into the last six games.”

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John Kelly