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Robinson hopes for Harris reward

Play-Off winning skipper speaks...

19 May 2017

Paul Robinson had urged Millwall to "reward" manager Neil Harris with promotion at Wembley Stadium this weekend.

The Lions take on Bradford City in the Sky Bet League One Play-Off Final on Saturday afternoon (kick-off 3pm) and Robinson - the last captain to lift a trophy at the national stadium in Millwall colours - stated how he was "over the moon" for Harris for steering the club to a second successive Wembley appearance.

"I'm absolutely over the moon for Neil," he said. "He's done a fantastic job. To almost win promotion at the first attempt last year was fantastic but unfortunate, with everything that went against him.

"But, everything seems to be going to plan this year and everyone seems fit and ready to go. He's done a brilliant job - to repeat the feat this year is outstanding and I really hope he gets the reward of promotion on Saturday."

Millwall are in the Final once more courtesy of a Semi-Final victory over Scunthorpe United - a tie that, according to the defender, The Lions thoroughly deserved to win.

"I thought Millwall were definitely the better team over the two legs. Scunthorpe came to The Den and made it difficult for them and despite all the attacking pressure, they couldn't break down the numbers they had behind the ball.

"It was always going to open up in the second leg and that played into Millwall's hands. The goal just before half-time was crucial - it made Scunthorpe nervous and allowed The Lions to capitalise."

The Lions will look to put last year's defeat to Barnsley to bed this weekend with victory over The Bantams. Robinson was an integral part of the team to last achieve that feat, as the captain bagged the winner in a 1-0 win over Swindon Town after a thrilling 3-2 loss to Scunthorpe a year earlier.

The centre-back, now at AFC Wimbledon, claimed that the current squad will be better off for the experience of last year and will look for the senior players to steer the Millwall ship through a "tough game" towards The Championship.

"Going back to Wembley the next year after losing the previous Final certainly gave us extra motivation and it also gave us the experience. The Scunthorpe game was the first time we played at the new Wembley and after the two Semi-Final legs against Leeds United, which were such a massive effort, maybe we felt the reward was just getting there.

"The second year, we knew the hurt, the heartache, the feeling of disappointment of losing, the thought of promotion being taken away from you. We said that the Swindon tie was strictly business - it was about no more than getting the result, simple as that.

"The likes of Steve Morison, Jimmy Abdou, Tony Craig, Byron Webster and Neil himself have the experience and know how of being winners there - they will be crucial on the day.

"It's going to be a tight game. Both teams will be well organised and committed. I think Millwall have the edge in attacking play and that will be enough to get the all-important win."


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