Twenty-three year record on the line for Millwall as they prepare to face Charlton Athletic

MILLWALL boss Gary Rowett has dismissed the notion there is any extra pressure against Charlton next Saturday – as the Lions defend a 23-year unbeaten record against their south London rivals.

The last Millwall manager to lose a game against the Addicks was Jimmy Nicholl in the old First Division in March 1996.

Millwall are unbeaten in 10 league games since then, scoring 16 goals and conceding just six.

The sides’ last meeting was a 0-0 draw at The Valley in League One in January 2017.

Millwall are aiming to bounce back from their 2-1 defeat at Reading on Saturday, Rowett’s first loss in charge after the impressive 2-0 win over Stoke the previous weekend.

“I don’t think there’s [extra] pressure, every game in the Championship there’s pressure,” Rowett said. “We want to win every home game whether it’s Charlton or anyone else.

“I know it has an extra significance for the fans and we’ll turn up and try to play with a better overall performance than we did [Saturday] and certainly match what we did last week.

“We’ll take the bones out if it, we’ll see if we can work harder at being better this week and see if we can go and win the game next weekend.”

Former Charlton defender Rowett named the same side for his first two games in charge.

He continued: “We were toying with doing something slightly different [Saturday] just because we felt we might need to do something different away from home.

“It was that mixture first half when we had chances to put balls into the box and put Reading under pressure and we didn’t, we maybe tried to over-play.

“I take responsibility for that. If we’re going to try to move forward with a little bit more control and to perform better for longer periods we’re going to have to take that gamble.

“Maybe [Saturday] first half in particular we came away a little bit from what we’re good at which is being aggressive, getting on the front foot and in people’s faces and then trying to play in the right areas.

“That’s somewhere we need to get the balance a little bit better, and we will.”

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John Kelly