MILLWALL boss Neil Harris said his side’s achievements this season have been “miraculous” – after the Lions’ play-off hopes ended on Saturday.
Millwall lost 2-0 to Middlesbrough and are eighth in the Championship table heading into the final day against Aston Villa.
Harris is already turning his thoughts to next season after the Lions overachieved this campaign by putting themselves in play-off contention with two games to go.
“It shows how far we’ve come as a group – but also how far we have to go,” Harris said. “It’s a massive reality check for everyone within the football club, I put myself in that with the board, the players and the fanbase.
“We’ve had a great run to get where we are, to compete with your Boros, your Derbys, your Fulhams. But you’ve got to go again, you’ve got to invest in your squad. You have to have a better group of players next year.
“To do what we’ve done this year is, in my opinion, miraculous, and that’s down to the group of players in the dressing room.
“To set the bar even higher next year and get into that top six is going to be one hell of an ask.
“We’ve got to look forward and see how we can improve this group moving forward.”
Millwall needed to win at The Riverside, but after losing Mahlon Romeo and Ben Marshall to injury went down to just their second away loss this year.
Harris said: “It was perhaps a game too far for us. We huffed and puffed without creating too many chances. We’ve given them two goals.”
“I was disappointed to lose Mahlon and Ben during the game. Mahlon had a knock but declared himself fit and Marshy has a gash on his leg. I’m not going to bemoan my players, they’ve been fantastic,”
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