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Harris looking for Millwall to 'build foundations' at The Den tonight

14 January 2016

The manager previews Thursday evening's Johnstone's Paint Trophy tie

Millwall boss Neil Harris says that The Lions will have "achieved nothing" unless they make it past Oxford United and into the Johnstone's Paint Trophy Final at Wembley.

The two sides go head-to-head for the first of a two-legged Area Final tie at The Den this evening, and Harris has stressed the importance of "building foundations" for the return game next month.

League Two Oxford go into tonight's clash in superb form and last Sunday's Emirates FA Cup victory over Premier League side Swansea City was an 11th win from their last 16 games in all competitions.

But The Lions are themselves on a high following last weekend's hard-fought win over Oldham Athletic and Harris is expecting an entertaining tie with The U's.

"It is a big game for both clubs, a good occasion, and an excellent tie for many of my players who are yet to experience this type of knockout competition," he said.

"I'm sure there will be a cracking atmosphere and what you will watch out there are two good sides going toe-to-toe for a place at Wembley.

"We have taken the competition seriously from the very first game against Peterborough United with a view to building momentum in our season and to give the players the experience of success in a Cup tournament.

"Some of our best performances of the season have come in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy but we will have achieved nothing if we do not make it through to the Final.

"This first leg is about building foundations and making sure that we don't give too much away. As ever we will try to be consistent, organised and approach the game with a clean sheet mentality, all the while knowing that we are capable of scoring goals."

Tickets for this evening's match, which are priced at just £5 for over 60s and U16s and £10 for adults, are available right up to kick-off (7.45pm).

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