Wise keen to keep Marshall at Den

MILLWALL boss Dennis Wise is looking to secure Andy Marshall on a more permanent basis once his loan spell ends.

MILLWALL boss Dennis Wise is looking to secure Andy Marshall on a more permanent basis once his loan spell ends, writes Derek Davis.

Wise admitted: "There are a lot of things you have to go through but I rate him highly, so yes, I would be interested."

He may not have been playing but Wise was still in combative mood when hearing his opposite number thought Ipswich had gifted them the points.

Wise said: "I disagree with Joe about not doing enough to win. We were the better side on the day and deserved to win. We got three good goals and they were at home and needed to come and have a go at us. We stood strong and got what we deserved."

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Although he admitted he could not tell whether the ball was over the line or not for Millwall's third goal, Wise was happy to take his players' word for it.

He said: "Neil Harris and Tim Cahill say it was a goal so it was a goal.

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"Their keeper didn't make a fuss, although the centre-forwards, who were 50 yards away at the time, did, the keeper never argued the decision."

Wise admitted he was resting Harris after a dip in form and was delighted the striker was able to make a point with his two goals and an assist.

He said: "Neil has had some problems and he has been recovering from a virus. He knew it was the right thing to do by leaving him out. We have had to work a little bit harder with him but when he came on he looked very sharp."

Harris made a point of leading the celebrations straight to the dug out where Wise joined in

"That is what this group is about. We are all in this together and we will stick together. We will succeed together or we will fail together. It won't be for the want of having a good old go."

Harris, who started his career in East Anglia, playing non-league at Maldon Town, had been dropped to the bench and only came on when Mark McCammon was stretchered off after his collision with Drissa Diallo.

Despite sitting on the precipice of league and cup glory, Wise refuses to even consider the possibility of European football at the New Den when they still have Tranmere to overcome in tomorrow's FA Cup quarter-final replay to line up against Sunderland in the semi-finals.

He said: "We are in confident mood, we have a good record so far but we have not achieved anything yet. If we carry on doing what we are doing then we will have the chance of doing something.

"We cannot even think about European football because that would not be showing any respect to Tranmere. We need to go there in a positive manner."

Wise usually avoids the post-match press conference and gets side-kick Ray Wilkins to answer the questions but a knee injury meant he could not play and use that as an excuse.

* Ex-Ipswich defender Mark Venus, on a month's loan to Dagenham & Redbridge, made his debut on Saturday.

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