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'Buoyant' Millwall looking forward to Barnsley, says Harris

31 December 2015

The boss previews Saturday's trip to Oakwell

Millwall manager Neil Harris says his players are 'buoyant' going into Saturday's League One game away to Barnsley.

Monday's 4-0 win over Southend United at Roots Hall lifted The Lions back up to ninth in the table, just three points off of the Play-Off places.

And that result - as well as the manner of the performance - has helped to give the squad a 'huge lift', as Harris explains.

"As you would expect after a win like that the players are buoyant," he told millwallfc.co.uk.

"Even after the loss to Walsall there was still plenty of good spirit in the camp because there were a lot of positives to take from that game.

"But there's no doubt that the Southend performance and result has given everyone a huge lift going into a couple of really tough away games.

"We have good ability in the squad and what we are striving to achieve is the total package - keeping clean sheets at one end and showing good quality in attack at the other. It's not always possible to get both, certainly not on the same day, but that is what we are looking for. 

"We are getting goals from all over the park which is a big plus point and there is good competition for places in the group. That is vital at this stage."

Lee Johnson's Barnsley side are 19th in League One and one point above the relegation spots, but they beat Blackpool last time out - one of two wins in their last three games.

"Barnsley are a completely different team to the highlights I saw of them six weeks or so ago," Harris added.

"Lee has made some changes in the playing group and they have had an improved run of performances.

"They go into the game on the back of an excellent result also. They like to try and play a bit but they've also got some physicality too.

"We're looking forward to the game. Against Blackpool they played some real attacking football so we will have to be at our best to counter that and impose ourselves on the game."

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