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"There is absolutely no pressure - we're enjoying it," says the boss

Lions go 16 unbeaten...

10 April 2018

Millwall boss Neil Harris has heaped credit on his players as they moved inside the Sky Bet Championship top six with a 2-0 victory over Bolton Wanderers on Tuesday night.

Tom Elliott and Ben Marshall were on target as The Lions won their seventh away game in eight and extended their unbeaten run to 16 matches.

The boss recognised both goals in the success, whilst also - just like Saturday's win over Bristol City - acknowledging Millwall's "game management."

"Two excellent goals by us," he said. "For the first goal, if Tom Elliott is going to play then we need to service him; it's a great header, he gets across the centre-half. For the second goal, it shows great desire. Everyone looks at Mahlon Romeo's 80-yard run, but Ben Marshall has to keep up with him and get to the edge of the box and the finish is quality.

"But it's just the way we managed the game. Bolton were really good in the first half hour. Don't get me wrong, we gave them a leg up with a couple of our decisions on the ball in the middle of the pitch, giving encouragement to their fans to get behind them.

"But, once we got in front, our game management was outstanding. The way we dealt with their threats was really pleasing and in the second half I never felt out of control - we completely dominated."

Elliott replaced Steve Morison in the starting line-up - something down to work ethic in training, according to Harris.

"That's only my second change in 11 or 12 games and it's same change - Steve Morison out and Tom Elliott in. I've got a group of players at the moment where everybody wants to play. Whether they're training during the week or running outside after the game, everyone is right at it. Tom looked good in training and has scored a lot of goals on the training pitch and look ready."

With The Lions now in the Play-Off places and with just four League games remaining, a touch of pressure may perhaps seep in - that's not something the manager is worried about, though.

"There's no pressure. I think the Millwall fans will be pinching themselves a little bit! League tables don't lie after 42 games. We're in the top six because we deserve to be. We're on a great run and the boys are in form, individually and collectively.

"We've got four games coming up - whether we stay in the top six or we don't, what a fantastic season we've had. Credit to my players. What I know is those players won't rest on what they've done so far. They want to be in that top six. They want to be in the Play-Offs. Saturday at Sheffield United will be a great game. There is absolutely no pressure - we're enjoying it."


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