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"The League table goes out the window for this derby," says Harris

7 April 2017

Striker and goalkeeper rated an "outside chance" of making trip to Gillingham

Neil Harris has urged his players to continue Millwall's derby dominance at Gillingham this weekend and consolidate their place within the Sky Bet League One's top six. 

But the Lions boss has warned that it will take "aggression and desire" to record a fourth straight victory over a Gills side desperate to pull away from the relegation dogfight.

"The stage is set for a huge game," Harris told millwallfc.co.uk

"It was a dramatic match at Gillingham at the end of last season, very closely fought and it took a last-minute penalty for us to secure all three points. It was a great atmosphere in the stadium and we are certainly expecting the same this weekend."

The Lions will be buoyed by recent results; comfortably seeing off play-off rivals Scunthorpe and backing it up with a 2-1 win over Shrewsbury Town on Tuesday night.

By contrast, the Gills are just two points clear of the drop zone and will be seeking a return to winning ways after five consecutive defeats.

"The League table goes out the window for this derby. Both teams need the points so it will be an even playing field," Harris added.

"We are in high spirits, playing well and carrying momentum. My players have been brilliant over the past week, but it's not job done. We have a long way to go to make the play-offs."

Chopper may exercise the option of shuffling his squad for the trip, with goalkeeper Jordan Archer and striker Lee Gregory nearing a return after missing the midweek match at Greenhous Meadow.

"Players like Jordan and Lee will be assessed and they should have an outside chance of getting back into the team this weekend.

"You want to be as consistent as possible when you have a winning team. It's about balancing that with freshening up the squad because a few players have picked ups some knocks and niggles along the way."

Meanwhile, Gillingham will be without the services of the suspended Bradley Dack after the midfielder picked up a red card in the loss to MK Dons.

The match is also expected to come too soon for Scott Wagstaff and injured defender Chris Herd, who continues his recovery on a knee strain.


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