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"We have to embrace Hillsborough," says Harris

The manager looks ahead to Owls trip...

31 October 2017

Millwall boss Neil Harris has called for a "positive display" on Tuesday night as The Lions travel to Sheffield Wednesday in the Sky Bet Championship.

Following Saturday's goalless draw at Cardiff City - a fourth point on the road in 2017/18 - the club now face The Owls looking to end October unbeaten in three games.

The manager stated his pleasure at the stalemate in south Wales, but also bemoaned a lack of finishing in front of goal.

"It was no easy task to go to Cardiff and get anything out of the game. They're at the top of the division for a reason. They have a big, strong, attacking side and they counter-attack really well.

"I was pleased with our performance in the sense of getting a clean sheet, but slightly disappointed that we had two really good one-on-one chances with Lee [Gregory] and Steve [Morison] and didn't take them."

Despite showing "dogged" and "resilient" qualities on the road, The Lions are still yet to taste victory away from The Den this season.

That, however, is something Harris is not dwelling on for too long.

"It bothers me that we haven't scored enough goals away from home, but we're keeping clean sheets. We've created chances in those games - it would be interesting to see the stats on how many shots on goal we've had at home and away, because there wouldn't be a lot in it. 

"We're looking dogged, organised, resilient and aggressive away from home. Everything that we want to be, we are. We're just missing that final touch - that final end product. I'm confident in my players that that will come. We've just got to keep doing what we're doing.

"It doesn't matter where the points come from to stay in this division as long as they do come. At the moment, we're amassing them nicely."

The Owls currently sit one place below Millwall in the Sky Bet Championship, but the boss warned that his side will be up against a Wednesday side with "an array of talent" under Carlos Carvalhal, as well as confirming that a few players will be assessed before-kick off.

"Sheffield Wednesday will be a tough game. It's scary to think of the amount of attacking quality they have - a vast array of talent. It's a great challenge for us. We have to embrace Hillsborough, it's a great place to play football.

"We've got an opportunity to express ourselves and play with freedom on Tuesday. It's important we put in a positive display before what is a massive home game against Burton Albion on Saturday.

"There's a few knocks and niggles from Saturday's game, as you get when you play Saturday-Tuesday. There'll be some late decisions on a few players, but if they don't make it, we have more than able replacements."


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