Millwall's Gary Rowett discusses job so far – and comments on Lions fans at The Den

GARY Rowett said the Millwall job has been “a pleasure” – and praised the fans for how they back their team at The Den.

Millwall defeated Reading 2-0 on Saturday to go level on 44 points with sixth-place Nottingham Forest.

Matt Smith put Millwall in front in the 71st minute and Jon Dadi Bodvarsson got his first league goal for Millwall as he netted against his former side 12 minutes later.

Millwall have lost just two of their 16 games in all competitions since Rowett took over from Neil Harris in October.

The atmosphere in the second half was electric as Millwall continued their excellent form. Home fans chanted, "There's only one Gary Rowett" as they saw their side defeat the Royals.

“I think the fans have been brilliant, I have to say,” Rowett said. “The whole club, the fans, it’s just been an absolute pleasure so far, this job. Some jobs you come into are harder than others and less enjoyable at times because you’ve got to fight a lot of issues.

“This job has just been a really easy job. The fans got behind the players as well, they were working so hard on the pitch.

“The fans help us here, that’s the beauty of it. When the team needs a bit of help the fans get behind the team. It’s not a set of fans that gets really disappointed if the team is not winning. They try to encourage the team and help them.

“That kind of energy transmits around the stadium. The players certainly appreciate it and I appreciate it. It’s been a really good start for us.

“I don’t think anyone expects us to be in and around [the play-offs] come the end of the season. Everyone can see potential, can see a little bit of hope.

“You know what it’s like, you can come into a club and perform really well over three or four games. I think now you’re talking about 16 games including the cup game. We’ve only lost two games.

"They’ve performed really well against different opponents and in different formations. Everyone sees a team trying really hard to keep improving.

"Today was just another example of that. It was a 94-minute performance where I felt we were really good for big parts of that.

"I thought there were some really good individual performances. Murray Wallace against [Yakou] Meite, a really difficult player to play against, absolutely played him superbly.

"Jayson Molumby once more, with Woodsy [Ryan Woods] in there, showed real control. There were lots of other good performances. Really pleased overall."

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John Kelly