Steve Claridge has backed Millwall to avoid relegation.

The Lions are seven points above the drop zone after making a strong start to life in the Championship.

Neil Harris’ men host 23rd-placed Burton Albion in a crucial game on Saturday.

Claridge, who had two spells with Millwall between 2001-2003, believes the club’s work ethic will keep them up.

He said: “A lot will depend on how many goals Steve Morison and Lee Gregory will get this year.

“So they need to believe that they can win games at this level.

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Steve Morison | Picture: Benjamin Peters Photography​

“You can’t fault the players’ work ethic, the aggression and their desire to play for the football club, so I’m sure that will be enough to keep them up.”

Millwall have beaten Leeds, Norwich, Reading and Birmingham at the Den this season.

Harris’ reputation continues to grow - the young manager led the Lions to promotion in only his second full managerial campaign.

And Claridge has praised his former Millwall team-mate.

He told Bwin: “Neil Harris has done very well at Millwall. It helps and fits that he’s an ex-player who the club and the fans can relate to.

“He’s a fans’ favourite and it always brings a good feeling when someone so closely tied to the club gets an opportunity and does it well.

“The club hasn’t been blessed with success in recent years, but he has given fans enthusiasm and passion back after a spell when they had almost given up and didn’t expect anything better.”