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"There's no reason why we can't win it," says Cooper

28 April 2017

Lions defender primed for do-or-die match at Bristol Rovers

Jake Cooper admits he's never played Bristol Rovers but believes he knows exactly what to expect from Sunday's make-or-break match at Memorial Stadium.

A win will secure Millwall's place in the top six, while anything less may leave the door open for Southend United and Rochdale to progress to the play-offs.

"I think it's going to be fast-paced and a very difficult challenge for us," Cooper told

"I have never played them but I know they have a really good record at home. They'll be in front of their fans and will have a point to prove. But we are taking a large group of our fans to the stadium and I don't see any reason why we can't go to Bristol and win.

"It's the last game of the season and they will want to go out on a high and will do all they can to keep us from getting into the play-offs."

The Lions centre-back has returned to the fold in recent weeks following a rib injury to Shaun Hutchinson and may be called on again for the final match of the Sky Bet League One season.

"I've been working hard to get back into the team and i'm hungry to keep my place," the 22-year-old added.

"It's always good to have competition for places and it spurs us all on to be better.

"What's important is that we get the job done this weekend and I know we will give everything we've got to get into the play-offs."

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