Bolton problems not Millwall's concern as Harris focuses on delivering significant blow to rivals

NEIL Harris says he has “huge respect” for Phil Parkinson – but added Bolton’s problems this week are not Millwall’s concern ahead of their pivotal clash this weekend.

Bolton’s training ground was closed on Monday and there were doubts the game would go ahead until Wednesday before the local council confirmed the club had given assurances safety obligations would be met on Saturday.

Full- and part-time staff had also gone unpaid and takeover talks continue as Parkinson battles to drag his side out of the drop zone.

Millwall can deliver what would be a significant blow to that aim by moving 11 points clear of Bolton with a win.

The Lions have faced Parkinson-managed sides nine times under Harris, winning just twice.

“We’ve had some real battles with Phil in his time at Bolton but before that at Bradford as well,” Harris said.

“He’s someone I’ve got huge respect for and I really like how he goes about his work at the clubs he’s been at.

“He’s had a real tough spell there while he’s been in charge. It looks like they’re having another tough week, but that’s not our concern.

“Our concern is getting three points for Millwall. The focus for the players, and for me and the staff, won’t be what’s happening at their place and what they can or can’t do. It’s about what we’ve got to do.

“Between now and the end of the season the focus is on us.”

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John Kelly