Lions defender: Den 'masses' could help Millwall over the line in relegation battle

JAMES Meredith feels the Den factor could be decisive in helping Millwall secure Championship safety.

The Lions are three points above Rotherham with three games left, the next two at home against Stoke and Bristol City.

Millwall have a plus-15 better goal difference than the Millers, meaning a win this Saturday against the Potters will all but guarantee their survival.

“We’re heading into two home games now, they’re the real important ones,” Meredith said after Monday’s 1-0 defeat at Aston Villa. “You know what it’s like at The Den with the crowd behind our backs, with everyone at it, it’s an intimidating place to go.

“I think that’s where we will have the opposition on the back foot, and be able to produce the points that see us over the line. It’s really important the fans turn out in their masses and get behind the team because I think those two games are going to make the difference.

“I think the team is doing well at the moment, we’re on a good run. Hopefully we can stay at the standards and the quality that we have shown.”

Millwall’s defeat at Villa Park ended a four-game unbeaten run. It was Villa’s 10th straight win.

“I think we gave a good account of ourselves,” Meredith continued. “They’re a good team, they’ve got experience and quality players. They’re very organised. I think we came and did well, 1-0 is a decent score-line. We would have liked to have nicked something, nicked a point, we would have liked not to have conceded but I think we were good on the counter-attack.

“They’re very good players and on a very good run. Dave Martin had a great game, made some great saves. He’s got those leadership qualities and he is very vocal, he communicates well with the back four. He’s very good at shot-stopping so it’s nice to have that sort of protection and you feel confident in your keeper.

“Before we made the subs they didn’t have many chances apart from the goal. I think the manager was happy with the performance. But I think he thought in the last 20 or 30 minutes we could have made more of an impact, piled on more pressure like we did against Sheffield United.

“That’s the only part he was disappointed with.”

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John Kelly