PREVIEW: Millwall vs. Sheffield Wednesday

NEIL Harris has been buoyed by Millwall’s form since Christmas – but wants to see a “ruthless” performance against Sheffield Wednesday this week.

The Lions have lost just twice in nine games, and should have taken something from last Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at Swansea.

They welcome Steve Bruce’s side to The Den on Wednesday night.

"There's no doubting that since Christmas we've been better as a group because individually we've been much better," Harris said. "We've been a lot more focused and performed much better in relevant positions and that's led to the team being better.

“We want to sustain those performances and make sure that we've got enough fire power on the pitch to be more of an attacking threat.

“Every game we come in saying the same thing: we're in every game, competing, playing really well at times, the opposition aren't better than us. Then we've either come out on top or just missed out.

“That's the closeness of every game we compete in, it's an odd goal, a set-play, an error or a moment of magic. That's where we've got to make sure we have those moments of quality and limit the areas of the opponents' attack, like we have been doing.

“At this level clean-sheet mentality is really important but so is first-goal mentality. We have to make sure, especially at The Den, we get back to those good habits of being a horrible, ruthless Millwall team to play against.

“Let's not forget over the years, certainly my time in charge, we've had a reputation of being very difficult to break down and play against, and managers are talking about that again.”

Harris could have Tom Elliott available again after injury. If Elliott is fit Harris will revert to 4-4-2.

Possible Millwall starting XI:

4-4-2: Archer; Romeo, Hutchinson, Cooper, M Wallace; J Wallace, Leonard, Williams, Marshall; Elliott, Gregory.

Match odds:

Millwall 8/11 Draw 13/5 Everton 7/5

Image: Millwall FC 

John Kelly