Millwall 'driven to succeed' – as Bristol City boss attempts to rally supporters after defeat

FITNESS won’t be a problem for Millwall players as the season reaches a climax because they are “driven and hungry to succeed”, according to boss Neil Harris.

Millwall were playing their second game in four days on Monday and though Harris named the same side that started in the 2-0 win over Nottingham Forest on Good Friday, he saw his players have the energy to rampage forward late on against Ipswich but just fail to find a winner despite creating numerous chances.

Three Lions players have started every league game this season – Shaun Hutchinson, George Saville and James Meredith – and Harris picked the same side for the eighth time in nine fixtures at Portman Road.

“We had 24 hours recovery more than Ipswich but Mick [McCarthy] countered that to a degree by making four changes and a couple of subs early-ish,” Harris said.

“The players are fit lads. They are driven and hungry to succeed so that gives you that extra yard in your game. I thought there were some outstanding performances. It’s important to say that I don’t want to be critical of the players, because of the run we’re on and we’ve carried that momentum.”

Millwall face Bristol City next, with the two sides going into the game in contrasting form and mood.

The Lions are unbeaten in 14 league games, while over the same number of fixtures the Robins have lost five times, including 1-0 at home to Brentford on Monday.

They are ahead of Millwall in the Championship table by virtue of having scored more goals, and City boss Lee Johnson has urged the fans to back his team after some players were booed during the Bees loss.

"We need people now," Johnson told Bristol City’s official website. "We need that team cohesion. A win changes the mindset and we will have 2,000 supporters traveling to Millwall.

"I know everybody was frustrated on Monday but it is not ideal when you're jeering some players who have worked their socks off.

"I have endured it myself so I know how it feels, but we're in an excellent position in the league and we need full support for the remaining games.

"If we secure promotion then that will be great, but if we don’t then we go again next year."

Image: Millwall FC 

John Kelly