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Lions "high in spirit" ahead of Preston visit, says Harris

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22 February 2019

Millwall boss Neil Harris claims that his squad have their "focus" and "enjoyment" back again as The Lions prepare to take on Preston North End at The Den in the Sky Bet Championship on Saturday afternoon (kick-off 3pm).

The Lions go into this weekend's encounter in good form, with seven wins to their name from the last 12 matches, plus four clean sheets in five games, and the boss, speaking in his matchday programme notes, explained how his players are wanting to continue from where they left off in Wednesday night's 1-0 victory at Derby County.

"Games between [Millwall and Preston North End] over the last 18 months have been very fast, furious and committed," he said.

"Preston are on a fantastic run at the moment, so we know that [Saturday] will be another challenge for us. But we find ourselves high in spirit and extremely pleased after two very strong performances.

"With games coming thick and fast at the moment, in The Championship and the FA Cup, it enables us to carry the momentum, togetherness and the spirit within the camp. I sensed before the game on Wednesday that the players have got that focus and enjoyment back again - the captain (Steve Morison) spoke very well pre-match about what he sense and how sees the group as well."

The boss also covered the club's last two matches, saying: "The professionalism and the manner of the [AFC Wimbledon] victory, and the fact that the game passed with very little excitement, was pleasing for me - it was a disciplned performance.

"Then, Wednesday evening's win at Derby County will rank as one of the best away performances from one of my teams during my time in charge. Not because of scoring goals or creating chances, but because we were so disciplined and organised.

"The trust and belief the players showed in the way we set up and the game plan, and then the moment of quality with a clinical finish from Jed Wallace meant a huge three points for us."

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