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Millwall are embracing run-in pressure, says Livermore

17 April 2017

Lions pair to be given fitness tests ahead of Fleetwood trip

With just three games remaining to secure their place in the play-offs, Millwall aren't shying away from Monday's "difficult and crucial" trip to Fleetwood according to Lions assistant boss Dave Livermore.

The Cod Army have been one of the form teams of the division, currently occupying third spot and are still in the hunt for automatic promotion. 

"We will be going there to win a game of football, it will be tough but there's no reason why we can't do it," Livermore told millwallfc.co.uk.

"They're a very good, very organised side. They're adaptable, they're big and physical and also have some good footballers. But I think they're main strength is their discipline in their shape.

"The club have done really well and they have a fantastic manager in Uwe Rosler. I'm sure he'd be delighted with how well they have done this season and will be hoping to finish it off by getting promoted."

The Lions have enjoyed an upturn in fortune in recent weeks, having recorded their fourth win in five matches against Northampton Town on Friday.

And the coaching staff believe that a difficult run-in will better prepare the squad for the play-offs.

"It's well documented that we had a little blip," Livermore added.

"We would have preferred not to have had it but it looks like we have pulled through and are now in a really strong position. These next few matches will test us and give us plenty of confidence if we can continue to push on against some very good sides.

"We just need to keep looking after our house and tallying up the points and i'm sure we will be in the play-offs come the end of the season."

Lions captain Tony Craig and recovering winger Shane Ferguson will be assessed closer to kick-off as they close in on a return to match action, while goalkeeper Jordan Archer will again be available for selection after being named on the bench in the 3-0 win over the Cobblers.

"At this point of the season you want players fit and competition for places. It was good to see Jordan Archer back on the bench and he is progressing well after that niggling injury.

"Hopefully we can have some others available sooner rather than later."

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