Millwall boss warns: ‘Derby as good as Wolves’

NEIL Harris warned his players they need to be switched on for 90 minutes at The Den on Tuesday night – as he compared Derby to table-toppers Wolves.

The Rams scored three times in six minutes to hand the Lions a 3-0 defeat at Pride Park in December.

Harris felt that score didn’t fully reflect how the game went, but he is wary of Derby’s attacking threat.

Gary Rowett’s side are second in the Championship, 12 points behind Wolves with a game in hand.

Harris believes his players can “take heart” from their display last month.

He said: “Having watched the game back again for a second time we played very, very well at Derby and created better chances than Derby did in the game.

“They had good spells on the ball and hurt us, but we had some really good spells and hurt them. We could easily have scored four or five goals on the day but the difference was the quality of their finishing from [David] Nugent and [Matej] Vydra. That’s why they’ve played international football.

“We take heart from the performance we put in, we had a six-minute spell when we didn’t help ourselves. What we have learned from that is that against the top sides in this division we have to be right at it for 90 minutes.

“I won’t underestimate the fact that Derby are every bit as good as Wolves. They’ve got real experience, strength in depth and ability to be able to defend and keep clean sheets. They can also score a lot of goals.

“That comes from Premier League and top-end Championship experience.”

Millwall have made three new signings since that December meeting. Harry Toffolo trained yesterday and could feature. Tim Cahill and Jason Shackell – the latter who is on loan from tonight’s opponents – are not eligible.

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John Kelly