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Harris eyes consistency from in-form Millwall

15 February 2016

Chopper looks ahead to Tuesday's game against Scunthorpe

Neil Harris has challenged his Millwall players to repeat the standard of their performances in recent wins over Walsall and Rochdale when they host Scunthorpe United at The Den on Tuesday night (7.45pm).

Millwall have won five or their last six games in the League and go into the encounter against The Iron having gone three matches in all competitions without conceding a goal.

But Scunthorpe, who are currently under the guidance of caretaker duo Andy Dawson and Nick Daws, have also won three matches on the bounce and could climb into the top half of the table should they make that four on Tuesday.

"This is a very different Scunthorpe side to the one we might have faced two or three weeks ago," Harris said.

"It is clear to see that they are team who are really playing for two caretaker managers they obviously like, so it will be another tough challenge.

"We have to hit the same high standards we achieved on Saturday and the same we reached at Walsall. If we do that then we will be looking for another positive result."

Saturday's 1-0 victory at Spotland was a ninth away League win of the season so far The Lions, who have earned plenty of plaudits for their form on the road, but Harris has pointed to his side's positive run of form at home ahead of Tuesday's return to action in SE16.

"We want to be consistent in what we do and how we play," he continued.

"Our last 10 home League games have brought us six wins, two draws and two defeats, which is a really good points return.

"We don't need to change a lot but what I do need is continued patience from the supporters because with the style we play and the formation we're in, we don't always have a lot of the ball. 

"A lot of teams play sideways and backwards passes through the goalkeeper, and we obviously don't play like that. Possession stats are always going to be against us but what is important is how you use the football."

Mark Beevers is available for selection once again having served a suspension but Harris will be without Shaun Williams, who begins a two-game ban of his own after being shown his 10th yellow card of the season on Saturday.

"It's a loss for us because Shaun is a big part of the way we play," the boss added.

"His back seized up going in for a header in the first-half on Saturday. I tried taking him off twice during the game and once at half-time, but he refused to come off and that epitomises the team spirit and the desire we have got in our group.

"For him to play as well as he did with and without the ball was testament to his qualities."

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