Harris sets next points target for Millwall to edge closer to Championship safety

FIFTY points is still the main target for Millwall this season – though Neil Harris believes that total won't be required to guarantee Championship safety.

The Lions are currently on 31 points from 31 games after Tuesday night's 0-0 draw at home to Sheffield Wednesday.

Millwall accumulated 72 points last season to finish eighth. Bolton stayed up with 43 points as they finished 21st.

Reading are third last in the Championship, five points below Millwall, with Rotherham in between on 28 points.

"That's our aim, I don't think it will be 50 points but that's our aim," Harris said. "What we've got to do is make sure we're amassing points: 40 is the next target.

"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 nearly 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.

"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 for being very difficult to break down and play against, and managers are talking about that again."

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John Kelly