Millwall defender assesses season – and hopes new coaching staff can find 'fix' for away form

JAKE Cooper admits Millwall’s away form in the league this season is “frustrating” – and hopes the new coaching staff can come up with a “fix” over the international break.

Gary Rowett has won his first two home games in charge. The Lions go to Swansea on Saturday in search of a first Championship win on the road since last March.

Millwall are 15th in the table, with 21 points from 16 games – 17 of those points coming at The Den.

“It’s difficult to put any objectives on the start of the season,” Cooper responded when asked if this is where he expected the side to be. “If you look at the teams we’ve beaten at home they’ve been very good performances. You look at the teams near the top of the league, Leeds, Preston, Sheffield Wednesday, we’ve beaten all of them.

“If we had picked up a couple of away wins that were draws, like at Middlesbrough and Luton where we missed out on getting three points, it would have put us in a better position.

“But hopefully as the season goes on that will even itself out and we’ll get what we deserve.”

Millwall’s last away league win was 2-0 against Birmingham. In Rowett’s first away game the Lions lost 2-1 at Reading, failing to recover from a poor first-half performance.

Cooper added: “Frustrating is probably the word to use with our form away from home. We can take the positives [from Reading], we reacted really well in the second half and maybe deserved to get a second goal in the end.

“But the first hour of the performance wasn’t acceptable. We need to look at that and I’m sure we’ll work on it and work on our style of play and tactics in the international break with the new manager and staff.

“Hopefully we can come up with a way to fix that.”

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John Kelly