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Rising to the challenge

17 October 2013

Robbo speaks in programme notes

Lions skipper Paul Robinson admits that the international break perhaps came at a convenient time for the club after the 5-2 defeat to Bournemouth 12 days ago.

Millwall led 2-0 after just 10 minutes at the Goldsands Stadium, but a goal before half-time, three early second-half strikes and an injury-time penalty secured a dramatic turnaround, and left The Lions licking their wounds going into the gap in fixtures.

"You could say that the international break came at both a good and a bad time for us," the defender says in The Lion. "Whenever you lose a game you want to get back out there as soon as possible to put things right, but by the same token the break in matches has allowed us to get out on the training field and work hard on improving in key areas and as a team.

"Sometimes you can benefit from a rest as well and recharge some batteries going into the next batch of fixtures."

The Lions host London rivals QPR at The Den on Saturday looking to bounce back from the defeat against The Cherries and aiming to secure a third-straight home win after September successes over Blackpool and Leeds. And Robbo expects the home crowd to play their part against Harry Redknapp's unbeaten Rangers side.

"Saturday's game is a huge one for the club, and London derbies are always fantastic to play in. This is the kind of match that The Den thrives on and is the type of challenge that we, as players, look forward to.

"Their squad is very good with a lot of quality, so our players will have to raise their game to meet that. We need to show good intensity, have no fear, and go out there determined to get a result."

Read more from Robbo in Saturday's Lion, available around the ground ahead of kick-off for just £3.

On top of this season's 84-page perfect bound print edition, The Lion is also now available for digital download.

The digital offering is available on Apple iPad and iPhone, on the Android market, and via the Pocketmags app on Kindle Fire, Blackberry Playbook and Windows 8.

Millwall supporters can subscribe for the whole season (including the download of backdated issues since August) for just £59.99 - a price which includes any potential future cup ties as well.

You can also buy on a game-by-game basis with League programmes available to download for £2.99.

If you're on iOS or Android, search for 'Millwall The Lion' in your respective App Store to download, or if you are downloading on Kindle Fire, Blackberry Playbook or Windows 8, visit the Pocketmags App, search for Millwall FC, and go from there. You can download your copy of The Lion from 9am on matchdays.

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