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Millwall players are 'embracing' pressure, says Harris

1 March 2016

The boss looks ahead to Tuesday night's visit of Wigan Athletic

Neil Harris says that his Millwall players are 'embracing' the pressure of their push for promotion ahead of this evening's crucial clash at home to Wigan Athletic (7.45pm).

The Lions are currently fifth in League One and will be looking to close the gap on second-placed Wigan to just five points with victory at The Den on Tuesday.

But it promises to be a very tough game for Millwall against a Latics side who are unbeaten in their last 12 matches, during which they have won eight times.

"We are chasing the teams above us, including Wigan, so this evening's game marks the start of a very important four days for us at The Den," Harris says in his matchday programme notes.

"We have got to reinforce our Play-Off credentials and if we are to continue our aspirations of challenging the top two then we certainly need to pick up some points in these next two games.

"Having said that, there is still no 'must win' match for us just yet, because we've earned the right to be in the position we are currently in with some terrific performances and results all based on great spirit, determination and a desire to win games of football.

"Our form so far this season has helped to produce an expectation level and believe amongst the fan base, and a winning feeling back to the football club.

"We are putting pressure on ourselves, as a group, to continue striving to get better. That brings with it a high level of pressure from outside, but we are enjoying that because the players have come so far in such a short space of time.

"The boys are able to go out there, play with freedom and express themselves, which is as a result of their spirit and confidence.

"They are embracing the pressure of our League position and enjoying the expectation levels, which they are clearly living up to."

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