Dave Livermore praises Lions defence ahead of Chesterfield clash
21 February 2017
"We defend as a team and that's why we keep clean sheets," says assistant
Lions assistant boss Dave Livermore has expressed delight at the improved defensive work that has been key to his side's consistent form.
Millwall are unbeaten since mid-December and have kept a clean sheet in each of their last sixth matches. An impressive record they seek to extend against Chesterfield at The Den tonight.
"It's not just the goalkeeper and the back four that are performing well defensively," Livermore told millwallfc.co.uk. "The whole team deserves credit."
In their most recent outing, the Lions ground out a dramatic 1-0 victory over Leicester City in a fiery Emirates FA Cup tie at The Den, despite being reduced to 10-men when defender Jake Cooper received a second yellow-card early in the second-half.
"I think that's the pleasing thing about this run that we are on, the players that take the pitch give their all. We found a way to win under difficult circumstances and that's a credit to the team."
And asked if players will find it difficult to "pull their heads from the clouds" following Saturday's famous victory, Livermore said the club "can't afford to lose focus" at the business end of the season.
"I am sure the senior players will be onto the younger ones and help them to focus on tonight. We will need to be professional because getting promotion in the League is our number one priority.
"Our depth has been tested recently but we have people waiting to get into the team. It's something that we've been drumming into the players for a few months now, if someone is injured and you're given an opportunity, you have to go out and take it."
Lions winger Jed Wallace and midfielder Ben Thompson both missed Saturday's clash with the Foxes and will be assessed prior to kick-off, while centre-back Jake Cooper will miss the match due to suspension, possibly paving the way for Shaun Hutchinson to make his first start in 2017.
Meanwhile, Chesterfield will be without the suspended Tom Anderson for tonight's match after the centre-half was sent off in their latest defeat to Bury.
Manager Gary Caldwell is still hunting his first win since taking charge of the Spireites last month, but Millwall won't take the relegation battlers likely.
"We have set targets and we can't let our performances slip," Livermore added.
"It's going to be a big test for us tonight and we're hoping the home fans give us the edge in the same way they did against Leicester City."
Millwall have cut ticket prices for tonight's Sky Bet League One fixture against Chesterfield at The Den (7.45pm).
Adult tickets will now cost just £10, as will those for over 60s. Tickets for U16s now cost just £5 and it's only £1 for U12s. All tickets are available right up to kick-off in SE16.
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