"Getting promoted through the Play-Offs is definitely the way to do it," says former captain
At the turn of the century, Stuart Nethercott was the man entrusted with leading Millwall's young and talented squad into battle for two Play-Off campaigns against Wigan Athletic and Birmingham City.
Those seasons were to ultimately end in disappointment, but in between, The Lions romped to the Division Two title with a club record 93 points.
It was a key period in the club's history - and one which draws many similarities to today's squad, currently managed by Nethercott's former team-mate, Neil Harris.
The blend of youth and experience was just as evident back then as it is today. For every Matt Lawrence, there is a Mahlon Romeo. For every Paul Ifill, there is a Jed Wallace. The strike partnership of Lee Gregory and Steve Morison is reminiscent of Harris and Richard Sadlier or Paul Moody terrorising defences week in, week out.
And the former captain, who made 242 appearances for The Lions between 1997 and 2004, shared his delight at Millwall making the Play-Offs for the second consecutive campaign, stating that winning the end-of-season-lottery is "definitely the way to do it."
"We didn't have to rely on the Play-Offs in 2001 when we up as champions - and deservedly so, because we were the best side in the League that year," said Nethercott.
"Unfortunately, we weren't able to maintain that level again and gradually that team began to break up, although quite a few of the boys went on to reach the FA Cup Final in 2004.
"I'm delighted that Millwall have reached the Play-Offs again this season and I'll hopefully be there on Thursday night. Getting promoted via the Play-Offs is definitely the way to do it, so let's hope we can manage it this time round."
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