'You can't replicate it' – Millwall assistant explains Den factor ahead of QPR clash

DAVE Livermore believes the atmosphere generated at The Den this season has helped “bridge the gap” between Millwall and the sides with much more spending power in the Championship.

All of the Lions’ six wins this campaign have come at home, and they will aim to extend their unbeaten run at The Den to five games when they face QPR on Friday night.

Livermore explained how Millwall have created that environment at home, and why so many supposedly superior teams have struggled to cope in the Lions’ backyard this season.

“It’s one of those things that on the training ground you can’t replicate,” Livermore said. “You can talk about it and show it but to actually replicate on the training pitch with a group of players maybe used to playing in a different way, it’s a difficult one to prepare for.

“Especially when we’ve done it as well as we have.

“That’s our style, that’s what helps us bridge the gap between us and the teams with more resources that us.

“It takes time. You talk about the environment around the training ground and the club, to build that kind of culture takes time. It’s about consistency on a daily basis, making sure standards are met, whether that’s performance standards or behavioural standards.

“You need to keep making sure you reinforce those things and then on top of that you have good recruitment and good development of players. Certainly new players that come to the club have to understand what Millwall is about.

“Once we get that then you see performances like you have done, certainly at home this season so far.”

Millwall have lost just four times in 27 games in all competitions at The Den in 2017, winning 16 and drawing seven. They have kept 16 clean sheets at home this year.

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John Kelly