Harris reminds Millwall of Oxford setback – insisting they will bounce back from Fulham

NEIL Harris believes Millwall need to win their final two games of the season to make the play-offs.

The Lions are still sixth despite losing 3-0 to Fulham on Saturday, before they travel to Middlesbrough next weekend and host Aston Villa in the final day.

Millwall will hope Cardiff do them a favour on Tuesday evening by defeating seventh-placed Derby, who would move ahead of the Lions with a result in their game in hand.

Harris insisted the players would put the weekend’s result behind them, pointing out that they lost 3-0 to Oxford in their penultimate league game last season before beating Bristol Rovers the following week and then winning the play-offs.

“The lads are brilliant, I’m so proud of what they’ve done so far,” Harris said. “We got beaten by a good side, no problem. That’s the way football goes.

“Wind back 12 months and we got beaten 3-0 by Oxford in League One and we go on to win at Wembley a month later.

“I always thought we had to get at least five if not six points from our last three games to have a chance of getting into the play-offs, so that’s not changed.

“We can’t get five obviously so that means we’ve got to get six. We go to Boro next, another top, expensive side and we have to try to defy the odds.

“The boys will come in Monday, they have the weekend off with their families. They will come back in and will be really excited about Boro next week.

“We’ve got two tough games but brilliant games to be involved in. My players won’t be fazed by going to Boro or by playing Villa at home.

“Massive credit to Fulham, the timing of the goals was the biggest thing. We huffed and puffed but never looked like getting back into it.”

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John Kelly