Romeo: Millwall feel 'unstoppable' in top-six charge

MAHLON Romeo said Millwall feel “unstoppable” as they chase a top-six place but added they wouldn’t be getting ahead of themselves with four games left this season.

Millwall are sixth after Tuesday night’s 2-0 win at Bolton, when Romeo set up the second goal after an 80-yard sprint up the pitch followed by a low cross which Ben Marshall blasted past Ben Alnwick.

Romeo, 22, had played just three minutes of league action before he took advantage of Conor McLaughlin’s suspension absence to score in the 3-1 win over this weekend’s opponents Sheffield United in December.

He has nailed down his first-team place since then and is part of a squad revelling in their improbable play-off charge.

Romeo said last Saturday’s 2-0 win over Bristol City at a raucous Den was “one of my favourite games of the season”. The Lions are away at the Blades this weekend before a return to south Bermondsey for a likely sell-out in front of the Sky Sports cameras the following Friday night against Fulham.

Millwall are so far timing their run to perfection, and Romeo, just as he did after he made his senior competitive debut in February 2016 before going on to become a regular in that run to the play-offs, is also peaking at the right time.

“It was tough having to wait for an opportunity and you just have to keep yourself ready for when the chance comes,” he said.

“I’m always eager to play. Fair play to Conor, he did really well in the first half of the season. I had to be patient and hold my nerve when I got my chance.

“There are so many good players in the squad now. There are players struggling to get into the match-day squad, and that's hard to believe because they have such high quality.

“Training is of a really high standard. Everyone’s really positive here and gets on really well.

“It’s so enjoyable. I really enjoyed last Saturday, it was probably one of my favourite games of the season. It was great to be involved in, the fans were so loud and as a team we were unstoppable for most of it.

“That’s how we feel at the moment, without getting too ahead of ourselves.”

*Read a longer EXCLUSIVE interview with Mahlon Romeo in this Thursday’s print edition of Southwark News, where he talks about his release by Gillingham three years ago and his gratitude to Millwall for the chance they gave him.

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John Kelly