If there was a sense of inevitability about Millwall’s drop out of the Championship, Saturday’s 2-0 defeat to Bolton replaced that with a sense of certainty.

Adam Le Fondre’s two first-half goals were enough to keep Bolton out of the relegation fray that is the challenge for new manager and Lions legend Neil Harris, who took over from sacked Ian Holloway.

He said: "We are in a difficult position and there are no promises from anyone in the dressing room as to what we are going to do between now and the end of the season. The target is to win games and see where it takes us. We can try and improve in every game we play.”

With a tally of 31 points, they are nine from safety with little indication that luck is on their second. The players picked themselves up for their new gaffer but none of their second half chances found the net meaning they notched up their sixth defeat in seven games. Their last win at Bolton was January 1974.

Harris said: "Yes we are looking at a nine-game season but the bigger future for the club is we have to compete and play in the right manner.

"All of the fans who have paid good money to come up here and watch the game stayed behind to clap their team off. That was telling."