Former defender says Millwall must strengthen if they want to progress

STUART Nethercott has admitted that Millwall need to deal with added expectations next season after their eighth-place finish in the Championship.

Neil Harris' side were tipped for relegation, but a seventeen game unbeaten run guided them to their highest league finish since Nethercott's side finished 4th in 2001/2002.

Nethercott said: "We had it in our time. We got to the play-offs and then the next season wasn’t great. We got rolled over here 6-0 by Rotherham on the first day of the season.

“He [Neil Harris] will be wary of that. He must strengthen, and I think getting stronger each year is going to be the way forward for staying in this division.

Nethercott was asked why his side in 2001/2002 struggled in their second season after finishing in the top-six the previous year: “It was strange. They call it ‘second season syndrome’. I think teams get to know you and how you play."

*Nethercott spoke exclusively to Southwark News last week. Read a longer interview in Thursday's print edition.

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