Worrall: Festive period crucial for Millwall

DAVID Worrall is looking forward to Millwall’s busy December schedule – and believes a clear picture of how the season is likely to pan out will emerge in January.

The Lions will be fighting on three fronts next month with successive games in the FA Cup and EFL Trophy followed by five games in the league – seven fixtures in 27 days.

Millwall had won five successive fixtures before losing 2-0 to Bolton last weekend and Tuesday night’s draw with AFC Wimbledon left them four point off the top six.

Millwall didn’t climb into the play-off spots until January last season, and Worrall believes the form over the festive period could indicate their fate in the remaining months in this campaign.

“We hit some good form, had a stumble last weekend but we need to put it right going into the Christmas period,” Worrall said.

“I love it because after you come out of the Christmas/New Year period you have an idea where the season is going.

“You know if you’re going to be fighting up or down or be around the middle of the table. It’s massive, if you come out of it on a good spell and you’re up there momentum is with you until the end of the season.

“It was like that for Millwall last season, they flew through Christmas and then kicked on again.”

Worrall made his first start in the league since September 27 against AFC Wimbledon this week, and he understands Neil Harris' reasons for not picking him.

Worrall said: “The gaffer has already explained, told me I’m doing really well. But I know how football is, if the team is winning you can’t go in and change it. If it’s not broken, you don’t fix it.

"I’ve been biding my time and hopefully I’ll get my chance at the right time when I’m needed."

With Steve Morison out and doubts over Lee Gregory’s involvement Worrall is hopeful he will start his second successive game at his old club Bury at Gigg Lane this weekend.

“It’s one those grounds, it’ll never change,” he said. “There’s not much you can do to it, just a lick of paint here and there.

“It’ll be a good game, they’ll definitely be up for it.”

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