Millwall aim to drag QPR into trouble as Lions boss says: 'Nothing better than London derby'

MILLWALL have QPR in their sights after their 2-0 win over West Brom left them just four points behind the Hoops with a game in hand.

The Lions could reduce that gap to a point with a win against QPR at The Den on Wednesday, and Neil Harris’ side currently have a plus-six better goal difference, and would still have played a game fewer than their London rivals.

A victory could move Millwall four points above the relegation zone, if Rotherham lose to Aston Villa.

“When you play well in a nice atmosphere against a big side who brought a great following – they’re great fans, West Brom's – you want to follow it up with another one,” Harris said. “ It doesn’t get better than a London derby against QPR at home. There’s been a real rivalry there over the last few years.

“We’re four points behind QPR now, with a game in hand, and we play them Wednesday. All my players need to do is repeat the level of performance they’ve had the last four games, hope for the little bit of luck and add that final moment of quality that we have just missed at the end of so many chances.

“And get the fans off their bums again. [Saturday] we did that and that combination again between the terraces and the pitch was outstanding. That’s what we need until the end of the season.”

Harris is facing a different kind of pressure this season, with Millwall in a relegation battle after three consecutive seasons chasing a play-off place.

The Lions manager stressed his players have the right attitude and cohesion to stay up.

Harris said: “I don’t struggle to motivate the players at this football club because of what it means to me. Sometimes you need the players to respond and motivate themselves in training and games.

“I keep saying it: the players are great. There’s great spirit, great camaraderie, great togetherness. They’re really relaxed. And people must think I’m mad because of where we are and we’re under a little bit of pressure.

“But they know where we’re at, and you only need to look at the figures released this week on the agents' fees to really understand who’s where in the league and who spends what and what players earn.

“The players know that they’re still doing okay. We want to be higher up the division. The players come in every day and they’re great, they have a right go in training.

“All we’re trying to do is put the pieces together: building the attacking play, showing the quality we showed [Saturday], getting a clean-sheet mentality.

“We want the players to play without fear, to play with freedom. It’s my job to release that fear from them and make them play, and [Saturday] you saw a team play without fear, and with spirit and togetherness and quality.”

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John Kelly