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Tunnicliffe: “Wherever we go, we will look to get three points”

Midfielder upbeat ahead of weekend Preston test

11 December 2018

Ryan Tunnicliffe says the Millwall team remain very confident on the road despite still searching for a first away win of the Sky Bet Championship campaign, and will be out for three points at Preston North End this Saturday.

Tunnicliffe has started the last two Lions games at the heart of the midfield, and feels the team are moving in the right direction with two score draws in the recent games he has played.

“I think everywhere we go despite our recent form – although our last two draws have us moving in the right direction – we’re confident we can look to get three points,” he states.

“We saw it last year, we just need to get those fine margins right and I’m sure we will start picking up wins. We’ve always seen that every point you pick up in this League is a point gained, because every game is tough.

“It’s important to keep that positivity and look at it that way. Obviously, we’d rather have won last Saturday – conceding from a set-piece quite late on wasn’t great, but it is a point gained.”

Tunnicliffe credits the way next opponents Preston have picked up their form following a slow start to the campaign, and says The Lions must follow suit and build a solid run of results.

“The spirit in the camp is great, they’re all a great set of lads. [Preston] didn’t have a great start to the season – sort of similar to ourselves – but if you get on a bit of a run like they did, you can get yourselves out of it. That’s a lesson for us, really.

“We turn up everywhere confident as I’ve said, and I’m sure we can go and get the three points.”

The 25-year-old claims the side showed last term that Millwall are capable of picking up victories away from The Den, and is looking to rekindle the positive form on their travels as soon as possible.

“It’s a totally different year to last season, but we did prove to ourselves and everyone that we can win away from home – it took us a while, but we can certainly get the job done on the road.

“We didn’t win away until January last time out, so in that sense we’re still on track to hopefully get an even better away record this year – starting on Saturday.

Tunnicliffe finally touches on his opportunity in Neil Harris’ starting line-up, following absences to Shaun Williams and Ryan Leonard.

“I feel like I’ve done alright since I’ve been given my chance,” the midfielder says.

“With Lenny [Ryan Leonard]’s suspension, I got into the side and it’s up to me to try and keep my place.

“I just have to work hard, help the team pick up points and hopefully give the gaffer a tough decision once everyone’s fighting fit.”

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