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Harris looks ahead to Blades test

Read from the manager ahead of Bramall Lane trip...

13 April 2018

Millwall boss Neil Harris will tell his players to "enjoy and compete" as The Lions travel to Sheffield United in the Sky Bet Championship on Saturday afternoon (kick-off 1pm).

Seven wins in their last eight away games, coupled with a 16-match unbeaten run, have propelled the club to sixth place in the League table with just four games remaining.

The Lions take on Fulham, Middlesbrough and Aston Villa - all in the promotion shake-up - after Saturday's game against the Play-Off chasing Blades and Harris told millwallfc.co.uk that his team have "earned the right" to play in matches like those at the business end of the campaign. 

"It's why we play the game," he said. "To find ourselves in this position is a monumental effort from the group, but what an opportunity to go and enjoy it.

"Whatever the season holds over the next four games, wherever we end up, whether it's inside the top six or just outside, I can't wait to see my players on Saturday in a red-hot atmosphere at a great place to play your football.

"We've come so far as a group and we've earned the right to be in these games. I'm really looking forward to it."

The manager was full of praise for his opposite number Chris Wilder, whilst also explaining how Millwall can use the events of last season to stand them in good stead as the campaign reaches its climax.

"We're definitely leaning on the experience of last year, where we were on the fringes and then forced our way in at the end. We know we've got four massive games to come, but we'll take one at a time. Sheffield United are a good side and Chris has a done a brilliant job.

"We'll prepare dilligently, as always, for the game, but we'll also focus on imposing ourselves and our game on the opposition."

Despite surging into the top six with a run that has seen them unbeaten in the League since New Year's Day, expectation levels around SE16 are still low, according to the manager.

"There's no expectation on us. The clubs around us, yes, of course. They've either been there all year or spent the budget to get in there, whilst we've come from nowhere.

"The only expectation we've got on ourselves is to perform. My message will be clear: enjoy it, compete in the game and play to the best of your ability. If that individual and group ability is good enough to win the game on Saturday, brilliant, if it's not, then it's not."


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