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Millwall's Alan Dunne targets survival

19 April 2014

By Tony Leighton

Millwall stalwart Alan Dunne is targeting nine points from the last four games of the season as the Lions look to secure their Sky Bet Championship survival.

If manager Ian Holloway's team can take six of those points from their two matches over the Easter weekend, against Middlesbrough and Doncaster Rovers, they will be clear of the relegation zone and set fair to avoid the drop.

Confidence is growing, says defender Dunne, that on the back of their best run of the season - four games unbeaten - they can indeed haul themselves to safety.

Wins against Nottingham Forest and Wigan Athletic in their last two away games mean that Saturday's trip to Middlesbrough should hold no great fears.

One-club man Dunne, in his 14th season as a professional at The Den, told football-league.co.uk: "After a poor start to the season we've picked up well.

"Since the manager came into the club [in January] we've dominated most games even though we often haven't got the results we deserved. We've been playing well and so going on a run like the one we're on was just a matter of time.

"Keeping the run going at Middlesbrough won't be easy because they're a very decent side who are on a good run themselves [just one defeat in nine].

"But our away form is excellent at the moment and we'll go out against them believing that we can definitely get the result we want."

If history is anything to go by then Millwall should certainly believe they can get the result they want against Boro - they have won two of their last three games at the Riverside and have not lost a match there since 1994.

Victory would lift Millwall out of the relegation zone and set them up nicely for Monday's home game against Doncaster, who currently sit only three points above the Lions and have lost each of their four matches.

"If we can win at Middlesbrough," said Dunne, "then the game against Doncaster should take care of itself. We won't get complacent, but in the form we've been showing of late we will feel we should get the right result on Monday.

"We've then got tough games against QPR and Bournemouth to finish the season, but if we can keep our run going right to the end we should be okay.

"I reckon we'll probably need to take nine points from these last four games to make sure we stay up, but we're certainly capable of doing that.

"A lot of the teams around us in the table have already had their good runs and we've not - but it's not how you start the season, it's how you finish."

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