If Millwall get relegated, this is why - Dean Ashton

Friday, March 29th, 2019 9:00pm

By James Gray @jamestingray

Millwall could end up blaming relegation from the Championship on their FA Cup run to the quarter-finals.

That's the opinion of Quest's EFL expert Dean Ashton, who is worried that Millwall's season could go the way of Bristol City's campaign last year.

City reached the semi-final of the League Cup last year but were knocked out by Manchester City and ended up missing out on the play-offs and finishing 11th in the Championship.

The Lions reached the quarter-finals of the FA cup for the second time in three years but were beaten on penalties by Brighton.

Neil Harris' men must now focus on the battle for Championship survival as they sit just one point above the drop zone with nine games to go.

And Ashton is worried that they could get sucked back into League One.

"They have not been able to get any sort of consistency not only from team performances but individually as well," Ashton told Up Front with James Gray (weekdays 1pm-3pm).

"The players - the likes of Gregory, Morison - who are going to go and get you goals have not had consistency all season and that is a worry.

"Even home form hasn't been what you'd expect it from Millwall. Once you're down there, it's about mentality of having to get points to survive.

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"That's where you need good characters in the squad. Neil Harris keeps talking about not accepting some of the performances but he's got to somehow get the players in the right mindset and you've just got to grind out results now, especially against teams around you."

Millwall travel to Leeds this weekend to face the promotion contenders at Elland Road with Marcelo Bielsa's side looking to bounce back from a 1-0 defeat to Sheffield United.

And Harris has piled all the pressure on the Yorkshire side with his pre-match comments.

"Leeds are pushing right up there at the top of the table to get the club into the Premier League, where I personally think they should be," Harris said.

"We ourselves are fighting to get points on the board to pull ourselves away from the danger zone.

"There’s a lot at stake for the game, and the pressure will certainly be on the home side."

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