Butcher: Millwall fans 'class' and 'pushed us on'

CALUM Butcher admitted there is a lot more expectation at Millwall than at Burton, but the players just have to "deal with it".

Millwall arrested a run of four successive defeats in the league with the 3-1 defeat of Northampton on Saturday.

Butcher scored his first goal for the Lions at the weekend and was then booked for his celebration after he had taken advantage of Brendan Moloney's hesitancy.

"I just closed him down thinking he looked a bit panicky and I just got on to it and slid it in," Butcher said. "It was important to me, I wanted to score. And obviously the fans being there it's hard not to go and celebrate. I think I got pushed in there, that's why I got a yellow card, it wasn't my fault!

"At Burton there would have been about three or four there, so it's a bit different! The fans were class and really pushed us on to get the win.

"It's a massive club, I said that as soon as I got here, and there is expectation. But we've got to deal with that and I think we showed (Saturday) that we can. We've got a massive game on Tuesday and then on Saturday and if we can go on a run now it would be perfect.

"We worked really hard during the international break and it helped us. Going into the game we knew what we had to do and I thought it was a really professional performance to see the game out and play as well as we did.

"I don't think we have been playing that badly, it's just that we've been conceding goals. We've been creating lots of chances and scoring in every game, but I thought the back four was outstanding, Jordan in goal was brilliant and everyone as a team defended and didn't want to concede. And we got the goals as well.

"I did a lot of work on shape and positioning. It's different to what I was playing last year but it just clicked and went well. Everything was building up to this game, we took everything on board what the gaffer wanted us to do and came out on top."

John Kelly