Millwall leapfrog Middlesbrough to go sixth and boss says: 'No pressure – we deserve it'

NEIL Harris saw his side sensationally move into the play-off places with their 2-0 win at Bolton Wanderers on Tuesday night and insisted: "We deserve to be in the top six.

Millwall stretched their unbeaten run to 16 league games after Tom Elliott scored his sixth goal of the season and Ben Marshall added a second after the break.

With Middlesbrough losing 2-1 at Sheffield United, it meant the Lions moved into sixth, level on points with Derby County in fifth.

Millwall face the Blades next and both are in a group of seven teams from fifth to 11th separated by just four points.

There are two play-off places left to fight for, with the Rams and Lions the ones in possession of the coveted spots.

The last time Millwall finished in the top six in the second tier was in 2002.

"No pressure," Harris insisted. "I think Millwall fans will be pinching themselves a little bit. League tables don't lie after 42 games. They don't lie after 36, don't lie after 46 games and certainly don't lie after 42.

"We're in the top six because we deserve to be in the top six. We're one of the best six teams in the division up until now.

"We're on a great run, the boys are in great form individually and collectively."

Millwall went ahead when Marshall crossed for Elliott who got across former Lions defender Mark Beevers to nod home the opener.

And then, just after the hour mark, Mahlon Romeo embarked on a lung-busting run to set up Marshall, who had tracked the move from the left flank before blasting the ball home.

Elliott was starting ahead of the rested Steve Morison.

Harris said: "If Tom Elliot plays you have to get balls in the box to him, you need to service him. It's a great header against a really good centre-half, he gets across him.

"Then the second goal, pace on the counter-attack and desire as well. You look at Mahlon Romeo and the 80-yard run, but then Ben Marshall runs from the edge of the box to keep up with him and then has the quality to finish.

"Two really good goals."

Millwall's win at The Macron Stadium was their seventh in eight away league games in front of a delirious away following, who were chanting long after the final whistle.

"Special mention to our away fans today, they come all this way on a Tuesday night, no trains home, it's not pleasant being a Millwall fan sometimes," Harris said.

"They were excellent tonight and when the players needed them they were there for us. I'm just chuffed for them, just chuffed they come all this way and we get the points for them. It's a special time at the moment."

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John Kelly