Lions need to start restor­ing homepride

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Ja­cob Mug­gle­ton

MILL­WALL’S frus­trat­ing home form has left man­ager Neil Har­ris des­per­ate for a res­o­lute dis­play when Port Vale visit The Den.

The Lions are with­out a home win since Novem­ber 28, though they have not played there in the league since Box­ing Day, and sit one point above fel­low play-off chasers Vale in the ta­ble.

Har­ris knows that, with­out a strong run at home, they won’t make the top six and now is the time to start get­ting it right.

“We’ve had some frus­trat­ing re­sults here, but we’ve also had some re­ally good ones,” said the man­ager.

“In spells, I think we’ve had some re­ally good per­for­mances. Gilling­ham, with ten men, was spir­ited,Wal­sall se­cond half was ex­cel­lent.

“We’re there in spells but we’ve got to be con­sis­tent over 90 min­utes.

“We’ve cer­tainly got to de­fend well to keep clean sheets here, and with the amount of chances we’re cre­at­ing, we’ve got the qual­ity play­ers to put the ball in the net.”

One player Har­ris will be look­ing to is lead­ing scorer Ai­den O’Brien, who has signed a new con­tract un­til 2019.

He was ab­sent on Thurs­day night, how­ever, when the Lions slipped to a 2-0 home de­feat in the first leg of their John­stone’s Paint Tro­phy area fi­nal with Ox­ford United.

In con­trast, the Valiants come into the clash on the back of con­sec­u­tive 1-0 wins, at home to Bury and away at Black­pool.The lat­ter, eight days ago, gave the vis­i­tors an ex­tra five days to re­fresh for this af­ter­noon’s clash.

That is the first time they have kept back-to­back clean sheets this sea­son and man­ager Rob Page is ex­cited to see a solid foun­da­tion form­ing.

“I think Richard Duffy and Ryan McGivern have formed a great part­ner­ship,” he said,“and, with Michael Brown sat in front with his ex­pe­ri­ence and knowl­edge of when to play and how to play, it cer­tainly helped.

“Jak Al­nwick in goal has also been out­stand­ing. We know twe can count on him at any time.”



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