Steve Morison says everything is still all to play for as Millwall travel to Middlesbrough in a crucial fixture in the Sky Bet Championship on Saturday.
The Lions lost for the first time in 18 games in a 3-0 defeat at home to Fulham last Friday, and after Derby County’s victory over Cardiff City on Tuesday night now find themselves two points off the top six with just two games remaining.
And while Morison says the pressure remains off The Lions, who have surpassed all expectations this season following promotion from League One, he’s admitted the players have been hurting in the wake of the Fulham defeat.
“We didn’t get the result we wanted against Fulham, but we’re still fighting to live another day. We can play with no pressure and be free," he told millwallfc.co.uk.
"We were brilliant in the first half against Fulham and should have been winning the game.
“We then had a poor 45 minutes – it was probably the worst we’ve played since the second half at Norwich (on New Year’s Day).
“We’ve got together this week and put things into perspective. We’re on 69 points and we’ve had a fantastic season. With two games to go they’re still something to play for. It’s not all doom and gloom.”
Meanwhile, Neil Harris’ men are last to play out of their promotion rivals this weekend, but Morison doesn’t see that as an immediate advantage – conceding it could intensify pressure onto the squad.
He added: “It can work one or two ways. If Derby lose it becomes imperative we win. If they lose the pressure comes back on us then, because if we win it puts ourselves back in the Play-Off places.
“There’s lack of pressure from outside, but obviously we’ve got a pressure we’ve put on ourselves because we’re in touching distance now and we all want to be there.
“That’s what hurt most on Friday night. We forgot what it felt like to lose. We’re disappointed because we didn’t think we were going to lose and we did.
“Hopefully we can finish it off with an appearance in the Play-Offs, but all we can focus on at the minute is concentrate on beating Middlesbrough."