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Harris looking for Millwall to continue 'huge' home improvement

8 April 2016

The boss previews his side's game against Shrewsbury Town

Neil Harris is looking for his Millwall side to continue their 'huge' improvement in form at The Den when Shrewsbury Town visit on Saturday (3pm).

The Lions have won four of their last five home games without conceding a goal - a run of results which has helped keep Millwall in the Play-Off places heading into the final six fixtures of the season.

Harris' men are currently sixth in the table and know that a win this weekend could stretch the gap between them and the chasing pack to seven points.

Speaking ahead of Saturday's game, Harris said: "There has certainly been a huge improvement.

"There is a real Millwall team out there at the moment and it's that type of performance which we have to put in every game.

"A big focus for the players this season has been to enjoy their football at The Den more with a freedom to express themselves.

"We always talk about being secure behind the ball first and then being exciting going forward and the boys are playing with self-belief, which is important, and the fans are turning up buzzing about coming to the games, which is massive.

"There is a connection between the supporters and the players and that is a big thing I set out to do at the start of the season.

"We're nowhere near the finished article but we are enjoying playing at The Den at the moment and are all looking forward to Saturday."

This weekend's game promises to be a tough one against a Shrewsbury side battling for League One survival, and Harris insists that The Lions will have to be at their best if they are to get a positive result.

"It's been a good week in training with a real focus about us," he added.

"I was disappointed after the (Colchester) game and my post-match comments reflected that, but having taken the time to digest it and watch it back a couple of times it was clear that there were some good elements to our play. It was a terrific clean sheet again against a team who have found their form attacking wise, so there are some positives even though we didn't hit the standards that we had in the Burton game.

"We've really focused on team preparation for Saturday and we have a fully fit squad to choose from.

"It will be a tough one for us because Shrewsbury were nine unbeaten before losing to Wigan. We're diligent to their strengths and how they can hurt us, but then we really focus on our attacking play and our team shape.

"Micky (Mellon) has certainly got them hard to beat so we are going to have to be at our best to get a result."

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