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O’Brien: “It’s important to bounce back”

Forward emphasises need to pick up points over festive period and commends fans’ support

21 December 2018

Aiden O’Brien has highlighted the vital nature of the Christmas fixtures in the Sky Bet Championship and claims The Lions cannot wait for the opportunity to get points on the board in the coming days.

The forward claims this week’s training sessions have been productive ahead of Saturday’s trip to Stoke City.

“We just can’t wait to get out there, put on a performance and hopefully get the three points,” O’Brien says.

“Training has been good – the manager has got his points across about what he wants from us. It’s important to bounce back because you’re not going to come out on top every game, but it’s a results business.

“We’ve worked on what we can do to cancel them out. Everyone behind the scenes has worked hard to make sure we’re fit and ready. We have to listen to what the manager has told us and whatever team he picks on the day needs to go out, give it their all and pick up the points we need.”

The 25-year-old has lauded the support of the Millwall fans since he has progressed into the first team at the club, emphasising how important they are as a 12th man for the team.

“I’ve said it for years now that when the supporters come and we hear them supporting and chanting, it just gives us that lift we need. Especially away from home, when we have the most dominant fans and they’re overpowering, I just feel like they bring so much energy to us. It’s so key to everything we do at this football club.

“And the reason most of our success comes at home is because of the fans. They get behind us and are intimidating for opponents, so we just need them to keep coming and stay by our side.”

This season has seen O’Brien make his Republic of Ireland debut – scoring in a draw with Poland – and he has recently worked his way into manager Neil Harris’ starting line-up.

“I’ll touch on [playing for] Ireland – it’s a dream come true. To dream about playing for your country as a boy and have some people doubting you, and then to say I’ve scored for my country is amazing.

“With Millwall, I just can’t wait to play every week. I love playing for the team, the boys, the fans.

“But it’s got to a time now that whatever team the manager picks, you can’t complain, we need a team out there to win and get points. It’s about togetherness, and as a team and a club we need to start moving up the ladder because it gets harder and harder if you keep losing games into January, February and March.”

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