Meredith: 'Some teams play attractive football – but don't have Millwall's heart'

JAMES Meredith has revealed he has been impressed by the “heart and togetherness” at Millwall that is part of the “culture” of the club.

Meredith has played in all of Millwall's 14 Championship fixtures this season since his move from Bradford in the summer, the latest the 0-0 draw at high-flyers Cardiff on Saturday.

And the defender believes Millwall have exceeded expectations so far this campaign.

“I think we’re doing well,” he said. “A lot of people probably expected us not to be doing so well. It’s a lot harder league, it’s faster, the players are a lot better, clubs have bigger budgets.

“We’re finding our way and the team is meshing really well. We’ve got some really good players and I think we’ll kick on.

“There are a lot of teams that play really attractive football but they’ve not got the heart and togetherness, and that’s certainly something that’s inbuilt in Millwall, it’s in the culture and that’s something that I’ve learned.

“Everyone is together, we all look after each other and it’s a tight-knit group. We all work hard for each other.

“We’ve got a couple of hard games now, Sheffield Wednesday away and Burton at home. There’s a really tough run coming up in December as well.

“Any of the top six teams away from home you’ve got to have two banks of four and work as hard as you can.”

Lions boss Neil Harris and his Cardiff counterpart Neil Warnock were unhappy with referee Steve Martin’s performance on Saturday, with both claiming their sides could have been awarded spot-kicks.

Meredith, though, refused to criticise the officials and admitted he was pleased with the result.

He said: “They’re a tough team and have some good, solid players. The wingers are dangerous and they are active, they can turn you inside-out. So we’re happy with the point.

“It was one of those games that was a bit like a basketball match, it was end to end.

"The referee’s decisions could have gone either way. I’m not too worried about the referee, I get my head down and concentrate on doing my job. I try not to get too involved in referees' decisions, because what can you do about it?

“We’re happy with the point, Cardiff is a hard place to come.”

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John Kelly