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Cooper: "We've got five games to go and achieve something big"

Read from the defender after The Lions go 15 unbeaten...

9 April 2018

Jake Cooper insists there is no pressure attached to Millwall as The Lions go in search of a third consecutive Play-Off campaign.

Following two successive seasons in the Sky Bet League One Play-Offs, Neil Harris' side are now hunting down a place in The Championship's top six, currently sitting one place and point off Middlesbrough in sixth.

Last Saturday's 2-0 win over Bristol City extended The Lions' unbeaten run in the League to 15 matches and also meant that the club have not lost at home since 4th November.

"It's brilliant to beat a team that's in and around us in the League," said Cooper. "That now puts us three points in front of Bristol City, so it was a big victory, especially after the draw on Monday [at Ipswich] - to react like that was perfect.

"Despite Monday, I don't think you can fault our defensive performances over the course of the season. It's great to keep another clean sheet and we want to keep up that level of performance every game.

"We do a lot practice on the training pitch and with each game we're building on that and learning new things. We're progressing, putting in good defensive performances and keeping clean sheets."

Millwall enjoyed just 36% possession in the weekend's win, but mustered six shots on target to The Robins' none.

The towering defender explained how the team look to "counter" on mistakes, whilst also stating that whilst The Lions can use the experience of the previous two years should they make the Play-Offs, nobody can get carried away with just five matches remaining.

"We rely on our shape to build from. A lot of other teams are more possession based than we are, so we work on their mistakes and counter on them. That's how we get our joy and that's how we've been doing it all season.

"The pressure isn't on us. We're Millwall - no one expects us to be in this position having come up from League One last season through the Play-Offs. Hopefully the experience of that can be used this year. We've got five games to go and achieve something big for this club.

"We can't get carried away. Bolton have something to play for - it's not going to be easy at all. However, we'll go there fully confident and hoping to get another three points."

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