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Livermore looks ahead to Plymouth

Lions assistant manager looks ahead to Wednesday night...

29 August 2018

Millwall assistant boss David Livermore is looking for a certain level of performance during Wednesday night's Carabao Cup Second Round tie against Plymouth Argyle at The Den (kick-off 7.45pm).

The Lions welcome The Pilgrims - of Sky Bet League One - to south London looking to bounce back from two consecutive League defeats at Sheffield Wednesday and Rotherham United last week and advancing to Round Three in the process.

Livermore told that whilst the two games produced the same outcome, the performance was "better" at the AESSEAL New York Stadium - and despite Neil Harris making 10 changes for the First Round tie against Gillingham, the same cannot be expected against Derek Adams' side.

"It was well documented that we weren't happy with the performance last Wednesday night. On Sunday, we thought we got a better performance but the same outcome," he said.

"It's always disappointing when you lose back-to-back games, certainly when they're bunched together like they were on Wednesday and Sunday.

"We've got three games in six days, so it's a busy period for us. Again, it's an opportunity to play some of the lads who haven't got some minutes in since Gillingham, but then we've also got a few injuries, so I don't think we'll see as many changes as we did in the last round."

Plymouth lost heavily to a rampant Peterborough United side at the weekend and currently sit at the foot of the League One table after just missing out on the Play-Offs in 2017/18, but Livermore is wary of the threat The Pilgrims will pose.

"Plymouth are a football club that have had success, like ourselves, over the last two or three seasons. They've not started this season how I'm sure Derek Adams would've liked them to, but they've got a good set of players.

"It sounds silly, but ironically they lost 5-1 at the weekend and didn't play too bad, if that's at all possible. They just had a few problems with some of the defending.

"It's going to be a tough game. They beat Bristol City in the last round, so they're going to be coming here and looking to right the wrongs of their defeat at the weekend."

The possibility of a big tie in the Third Round hangs in the balanace at The Den on Wednesday night, and the assistant manager is looking to be in the draw on Thursday night no matter how.

"We're just looking for a good performance. The outcomes of the games are the outcomes - we can't always control that, but what we can control is our level of performance. That's all we're looking for.

"If we play well and get the result, fantastic. If we play poorly and get the result, fantastic, because we want to be in the draw for the next round."

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