HARRIS IS CERTAIN OF SURVIVAL
MILLWALL manager Neil Harris is confident his side can avoid the drop regardless of whether the Football League choose to punish relegation rivals Rotherham with a points deduction.
The Lions picked up a hardfought draw at Cardiff to move to within four points of the Millers and safety, although they could easily have triumphed in south Wales had Gary Taylor-Fletcher slotted home a gilt-edged chance late on.
But the deficit to Rotherham could be cut to just a single point if the Football League choose to hand the Yorkshire club a deduction for fielding an ineligible player in their Easter Monday clash against Brighton.
The governing body’s decision could end up attaching additional significance to Taylor-Fletcher’s failure to convert Ricardo Fuller’s pull-back with the goal at his mercy, with the striker instead treading on the ball.
Earlier defender Mark Beevers had struck the bar when Cardiff failed to clear a corner, with Bruno Manga blocking Lee Gregory’s follow-up effort on the line.
But Harris preferred to focus on the positives and has every confidence of extending Millwall’s stay in the Championship into a sixth season.
The former striker said:“Gary is disappointed with that chance and not scoring, as are a few of the other boys. We had a few good chances to score.
“But the pleasing thing is we are getting those chances. Ricardo [Fuller] and Gary did well coming on, they were a positive change and had we got one goal we might have had two or three.
“I know as much as anyone else about the Rotherham situation. We just know we are back in the mix. It does not help us not knowing but we have to look after ourselves and keep going.
“The teams above us are looking over their shoulders, it may not have been the best of games but we are showing we have got what it takes to win football games and it means the sides above us know they need to pick up wins to stay ahead.
“This is a good point, we have a clean sheet and we were the better team.
“With Rotherham there is nothing we can do about it, we need to go to Blackburn on Tuesday and get a good result.”
Cardiff wasted good chances of their own, although in truth this was a drab contest which offered little encouragement for home fans who have now seen just one win in their side’s last ten games at Cardiff City Stadium.
Eoin Doyle had the best chance to make sure they improved on that dismal record.
The former Chesterfield man showed great control to take Lee Peltier’s pass on his chest and then race around Sid Nelson, but opted to cross instead of shooting himself.
Bluebirds’ assistant boss Scott Young admitted it had been a poor display from the hosts.
“It was not a great game or a great spectacle,” he said.
“Millwall came with a plan to slow the game down and make it a niggly affair.
“They spoiled the fluency of the game and we could not get any momentum.
“They have got the point so credit to them.
“We try and give the fans something to smile about every time we go onto the pitch and we are as disappointed as the fans are.
“We edged the first half but give them credit and they were probably the better team in the second half.
“But I wouldn’t say they deserved to win the game. We had some good moments ourselves. We had some chances but we could not make the most of them.
“We need to go again and try and put smiles on the fans faces.”
HEADS UP: Millwall’s Nadjim Abdou clears from a corner. Inset: Joe Mason’s shot is blocked by Sid Nelson