Dunne happy Millwall have pulled Blackpool, Doncaster and Birmingham into scrap

Picture by Keith Gillard

Picture by Keith Gillard

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Alan Dunne is glad Millwall’s improved form has seen his side drag others into the Championship relegation dogfight.

Saturday’s 2-2 Den draw with Watford extended their unbeaten run to four games, although they still remain in the bottom three with just four matches left to play.

But the Lions stalwart feels the team’s tenacity and the crowd’s influence has at the very least helped Millwall come back from relegation certainties to unlikely survivors.

Dunne said: “I think we are playing better.

“We’ve got four games and I think we’re capable of picking up nine points from 12.

“I think Doncaster and Blackpool coming down from there, and Charlton, aren’t out of it and the three in the bottom, so I’d say there’s six teams.

“We’ve got to play Doncaster here and there’s still a lot of points to play for.

“I think Blackpool and Doncaster have been dragged into it massively today.

“It’s all to play for, but we don’t want to get carried away.”

The defender added: “We have Middlesbrough and Doncaster, two games in a matter of three days.

“I think that'll decide our fate this year.

“Straight away you want to see how the other teams have got on.

“When you hear all the other teams lost, then you know how vital a point it was.

“I think some of the clubs are freefalling really quickly.

“We’ve had eight points from 12 in the last four games.

“If we get that in the next four games it'll be more than enough to stay up.”

Millwall added a point their own tally when Martyn Woolford’s dramatic injury time leveller rescued a share of the spoils for the battling Lions, leaving the veteran defender to reflect on a productive seven days afterwards.

Dunne said: “I’m delighted to finish off a good week for us.

“In the last three games, seven points form nine as captain is pretty good. I can’t as ask more than that, I’m delighted about that.

“I think overall the performances of the last few games have been exceptional.

“Today I thought we started slowly, but as the game went on there was only one team in it.”

He added: “We over-committed a little bit, we felt comfortable and felt one team was going to win it.

“At times if you do that in the Championship you’re going to get punished, especially against a team like Watford.

“I think they just ousted us a little bit at the end, but the boys dug in, the crowd dug in and showed the spirit Millwall are about as a club.

“It showed at the end, especially when we scored.

“I’ve never seem the place light up like it for a long time and the players deserve that - the point at the very least.”

Prior to Woolford’s 95th minute equaliser, Dunne had a left-footed pile-driver incredibly saved by Watford stopper Manuel Almunia, leaving him feeling unlucky not to score.

“Their keeper pulled off an unbelievable save and flapped one for Woolly’s shot,” said Dunne.

“Great save but disappointed not to have scored. It was a fantastic save.

“We dominated the second half, we got what we deserved in the end at least.”

“Are we going to say up? I’m confident we will stay up now.

“No doubt it was a vital pint today.

“I think in the last four I’ve games it could have been more.

“In the stats of games we’ve dominated.”

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