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Meredith "proud" to reach Lions landmark

The defender discusses a number of subjects...

21 August 2018

James Meredith has stated his pleasure at Millwall's start to the 2018/19 season.

The Lions have picked up five points from nine in the Sky Bet Championship and are undefeated, with a penalty shootout victory over Gillingham in the Carabao Cup adding to the positive beginning to the campaign.

With consecutive long away trips to Sheffield Wednesday and Rotherham United next up this week that run will be tested, but the left-back is confident in The Lions' ability to continue their good form.

Looking back at the opening day draw with Middlesbrough, in which Millwall lost a 2-0 lead late on, and last Saturday's 2-1 win over Derby County, Meredith told millwallfc.co.uk: "We probably should've had that first win against Middlesbrough, but it's been a good start to the season. We've looked strong, kept a couple of clean sheets and had two draws.

"A lot of the fans were probably nervous for a few minutes [against Derby], thinking it was Middlesbrough all over again, but we talked about it in the changing room at half-time - if they did get one, don't panic, be professional, be strong and keep your composure. Get another goal or see the game through.

"I think we did the latter and the team looked strong. There were a lot of positive signs."

As previously stated, two trips to Yorkshire await Millwall this week, with the journey to Sheffield Wednesday first up on Wednesday evening before Rotherham United host The Lions on Sunday afternoon.

The Aussie stated the need to remain "extra focused" during a tough period where Millwall's away record will be under scrutiny.

"You need to stay extra focused and concentrate a lot more. They're difficult, away games like that, because you have 3-4 hour trips that are hard on the legs. Our away form wasn't great at the start of the season last season either, so that's one thing we have to improve on this year.

"We got off to a decent start at Blackburn and we need to keep up the good away form like we did at the end of last season.

"You've just got to take one game at a time. We've got to do what we can to prepare for Wednesday and then look towards Rotherham."

Meredith's summer was a lot shorter than most of the Millwall squad's after he was selected in the Australian national squad for the recent 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

The 30-year-old unfortunately did not feature, but claims he is all the better for the experience - and is also looking forward to building on his 50th Millwall appearance which came in last Tuesday's Carabao Cup victory over Gillingham at The Den.

"I feel really good, I'm excited for this season and how we can build on the last one. I had a really good summer away with Australia - unfortunately I didn't play, but it was a great experience and I loved it. I have had a little but of a shorter break but I was looking forward to getting going again.

"I'm happy about [reaching that landmark] - I'm proud of it. I've got a good few years at Millwall still, so hopefully I'll do my best to get up to 100, 150 - see how far we can go!"


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