Millwall have come from nowhere to charge into the top six, last night’s 2-0 win at Bolton enough to see them break into the play-off race for the first time.
For a side so recently promoted from League One it is a massive achievement and with just four games remaining, their fate is in their own hands.
“The boys are on form, individually and collectively,” Manager Neil Harris told News Shopper. “What I know is the players won’t rest. They want to attack the play-offs.”
The Lions have their fate in their own hands with a series of matches against their promotion rivals. It looks set to be an exciting run-in for Harris and his hard-working side.
“Now we have four massive games starting with Sheffield United away in front of 25-27,000 fans, Fulham live on TV in front of a sold-out Den, Middlesbrough who spent £6billion quid in the summer and then we have Aston Villa at the Den in the last game of the season, which we have sold out.”
The outcome of those games could see Millwall battling for a Premier League place at the end of May, or they could find themselves just outside the top six. either way, Harris is delighted with his players and insists there’s no pressure on them at all.
“Whether we stay in the top six or not, what a fantastic season my players have had. But they have earned the right to play four massive games to end the season. But pressure on Millwall? Not at all.”
He’s right, in a way. They were never expected to be in the top six at this stage of the season and therefore technically, there’s no pressure.
However, fans will see it differently. They known that their fate is in their own hands right now and a couple of big results over the coming weeks will possibly give them an unlikely shot at the big time. The only real pressure will come from fan expectancy.