Having just missed out on the Play-Offs last season, Millwall go in to the final four games of the season needing points to avoid relegation. The Lions finished eighth in the Sky Bet Championship last season, their highest finish since 2002, and were only three points behind Derby County, who finished sixth. This was largely due to a 17-game unbeaten run that saw them rocket up the table.
This year has been different. Although they reached the Emirates FA Cup Sixth Round, and only went out on penalties to Brighton and Hove Albion after being 2-0 up inside the final quarter of the contest, their league form has been below par. The Lions are currnetly two points clear of Rotherham United, who occupy the final relegation place.
Recent form has helped Millwall ease their fears of the drop. They have lost just one in their last five and scored a late equaliser against promotion-chasing Sheffield United last week. They do, however, still need points.
Brentford should be able to welcome Rico Henry back to the squad after he missed the game against Millwall last week. Kamohelo Mokotjo is also available. Daniel Bentley and Yoann Barbet are still out and Saïd Benrahma has been added to the injury list having been the subject of a bad tackle at Reading last week.
Millwall are set to be without Tom Bradshaw and Byron Webster. Fellow defender Shaun Hutchinson is recovering from an illness that left him in hospital and may be available.
A legend on the pitch, Neil Harris is fast becoming a legend off it too as he continues his remarkable managerial job at The Den. The 41-year-old spent ten years with Millwall over two spells. He scored 138 goals in all competitions, beating the previous record held by Teddy Sheringham. Harris also battled and beat testicular cancer during a playing career that took him to Cardiff City and Nottingham Forest and Gillingham but was mostly spent at Millwall.
Harris had a spell as caretaker boss during the 2013/14 season, having worked with the Under-21 side at The Den after his playing career ended. When Holloway left, Harris took over again but couldn’t keep Millwall in the second tier. He was given the job permanently in the summer of 2015 and in his first two full seasons led The Lions to the Play-Off Final and then promotion before guiding them to a superb eighth place finish last term.
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