Boro Under No Illusions About Lions Roar
By Rob Nichols
Friday 23 Aug 2019 11:50:00
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As Boro prepare for Saturday's visit from Millwall, head coach Jonathan Woodgate is expecting a difficult task and barrier in the way to getting back to back wins. He watched the game on the box while Leo travelled to see Fulham's 4-0 demolition of the south London men but is under no illusions. That result says more about where Fulham are right now as promotion favourites and in now means Millwall are push overs.

Jonathan Woodgate today admitted it was not the best performance on Tuesday night but the result against Wigan was what matter most and now we take on Millwall with the players boosted by the confidence of a first win of the season.

George is touch and go. Hayden Coulson isn't fit for the game. We are really light in these areas. It was a pity we couldn't get a couple more in the transfer window but that is how it is. We are on the back of a win so the lads should be full of confidence.

“There is no relief with me because I knew it was going to come sooner or later,” Woodgate stated today at the press conference, “but I think it is good for the players because it gives them a bit more confidence in what we are doing.”

He wanted to underline that while the quality of the game might not have been the best there were still stand out performances.

“I was really pleased for them on the night and there were some really good performances especially Jonny Howson I thought he was terrific again and Britt getting that goal was really good for him as well.”

How will be prepare now for Millwall?

“I know what I want to do already against Millwall. I know exactly how I want to play. I know my team. I knew my team after the game on Tuesday night, I knew exactly which way I was going. Leo went to watch the Fulham Millwall game. They had a really good result against West Brom who are going to be up there again this season. So, it will be a difficult game.”

Woodgate is not getting carried away by Fulham's midweek victory over Millwall.

“I watched Millwall against West Brom where they got a good result and played really well. I watched the Fulham game and I thought Fulham were outstanding and they will do that to a lot of teams so lets not take that result for what it was, that 4-0 win.”

The former England defender then put that result in more context.

“I want to finish as high as I can but it is a really competitive league. The team I see being up there are Fulham. I think they will win it. With the squad that they have got, with the momentum they have got and the players they have brought in, they will be there or thereabouts.”

And finally back to Saturday's match again and the gaffer's thoughts on our opponents.

“They are a good team, Millwall, and I know the manager and I know how they will play. So, it is going to be a difficult game for us but lets hope we can get the back to back wins but it is not going to be easy at all.”

Here, here, what a difference to the mood there would be from back to back wins.

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