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Harris praises players after Millwall secure top six spot

30 April 2016

The manager reviews Saturday's win

Millwall boss Neil Harris says his players will go into the Play-Offs with "no fear" after their top six spot was confirmed following a 3-0 victory over Oldham Athletic on Saturday afternoon.

Byron Webster scored twice either side of a goal for Shane Ferguson to secure a sixth consecutive home win and push The Lions back up to third in the League table.

"We're delighted with the three points," Harris said.

"It's nice to confirm our Play-Off place with a game to go and I'm really pleased for the lads because they've earned it.

"We scored three goals today and could really have had some more. I was actually a bit disappointed with our game management in the second-half when we allowed them more chances than I would like.

"But it is so pleasing to finish the regular season with six home wins in a row. That is a phenomenal run and you can see what is means to the fans. The relationship between them and the players is really strong, which is so important and is something I promised would improve at the start of the season."

Harris talked openly about his side's success from set-pieces this year after Webster scored from wide deliveries in either half.

"It's about desire," he added.

"We've got players with good quality at delivery and I think we're well clear now at the top of scoring goals from set-pieces this season - corners in particular. That's a good achievement by the players and it was something we had to address at the start of the season. 

"We work hard on them and it's important that they are diligent with defensive and attacking ones. They have to focus on everything we do because there is rewards to be had with set-pieces; clean sheets at one end and there's goals at the other.

"I'm delighted for Byron because he's a terrific young man who has played really well this year."

The Lions won't know their Play-Off opponents until all fixtures are completed next weekend but Harris insists whoever his side face will provide them with a stern test.

"You have to be a good team to finish in the top six in this League so it will be tough, no matter who we play," the manager continued.

"But we've got momentum and we've got confidence, which is a bonus going into any Play-Off campaign.

"The players will go into them with no fear and just look to continue playing the way they have been.

"But we have another big game before them, at Gillingham next weekend, which is one we're all looking forward to."

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