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Millwall boss Harris looking for clinical edge

1 February 2016

The manager previews Tuesday's Cup tie

Millwall boss Neil Harris says that his side will have to be clinical in front of goal if they are to progress past Oxford United and into the Johnstone's Paint Trophy Final at Wembley.

The clubs go head-to-head at the Kassam Stadium on Tuesday night in the Area Final second leg, with Michael Appleton's U's holding a two-goal aggregate lead after Kemar Roofe's first-half brace secured victory at The Den last month.

But Harris believes that his charges can take confidence from their impressive away form so far this season as they bid to upset the odds and overturn the sizeable deficit.

"We have won nine away games this year so we are capable of going to Oxford and continuing that," he told millwallfc.co.uk.

"It's a tough one because we're two goals behind, but we are capable of doing it and we will have a fan base there supporting us who believe we can do it too. 

"In the first leg we created numerous chances - enough to have won two or three games. We should really have put the tie to bed on that night but we somehow came out of it with a 2-0 defeat.

"We know we have to perform very well on Tuesday night and if we are to progress then we will certainly have to be a lot more clinical than we were in the opening game."

Lions boss Harris has ruled out the prospect of "gung-ho" tactics, however, and insists that his side will approach Tuesday night's game like they would any other from a tactical perspective.

"We are a very hard working team and the forward players have the license to go out and attack in every game anyway," he added.

"We will not be going gung-ho by sticking six players up front. That is not the plan of attack.

"On Tuesday I think the first goal will be extremely important. If we get it then it puts Oxford under real pressure because the expectation level on them is huge going into the game with a two-goal lead.

"Ultimately the players need to go out there and enjoy themselves. It is an opportunity for the boys to achieve something really special by coming from behind in a two-legged tie to book a place at Wembley.

"But if we are to be in with a chance of doing that then we will need to defend well against what is a very good attacking team."

Oxford have lost two of their three games since the first leg while Millwall are unbeaten, and Harris believes that his side go into Tuesday's return fixture "full of confidence".

"We're on a good run and played extremely well on Saturday, especially in the first-half, and came within the width of a goal post from winning the match against Crewe.

"We go into Tuesday full of confidence but we start the game 2-0 down. We know where we are and it is a big challenge. But it is one that the players and I are looking forward to."

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