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Saville describes "togetherness" in Millwall camp

The midfielder speaks after remarkable feat...

13 March 2018

George Saville has exceeded his personal target for the 2017/18 campaign - but doesn't want to stop there.

The midfielder completed the amazing feat of scoring inside the first minute in two consecutive games - in the same second - last week to notch his eighth and ninth goals of the campaign.

After finding the net against Hull City and Brentford, Saville explained how the club can "enjoy" themselves during the final nine games of the season.

"It was a great way to get the game rolling," he said on his 51st-second strike against The Bees. "We caught them cold a little bit. They take risks, so we pressed high and Jed [Wallace] did well to read the situation. I took over from there and slotted it in.

"We're on a fantastic run. The main thing for us this season was to get to 50 points and now we've done that, we can go out, enjoy ourselves and see where it takes us."

Dean Smith's side hit the post and the crossbar during a frantic second-half showing, but The Lions rode their luck and held firm to claim an 11th League game unbeaten - sparking talk of a possible Play-Off push.

"Brentford are a really good passing team and right until the end they were non-stop, banging on the door. We dug in and got a bit of luck - obviously it was our day.

"It's not surprising to hear the manager talk about the Play-Offs. There's not many teams in the division that we've played and not held our own. At the beginning of the season we went into games, played exceptionally well but not got anything from them. 

"The likes of Nottingham Forest away on the opening day is a prime example. Against Brentford, they might have deserved something in the second-half, but we got that little bit of luck that we didn't get at the start of the season. It's all coming together at the right time."

Despite being unbeaten at home since early November and currently sitting six points off a Play-Off spot, The Lions are seemingly going under the radar when it comes to national recognition for their efforts.

"[We go under the radar] because it's Millwall Football Club," Saville added. "We're not a Derby or a Middlesbrough, even Brentford at times, who all play attractive football. We're not like that. We've come up from League One and everyone thought we'd go straight back down, but we've shown as a football club how far we've come.

"The guys have brought in good players, we've recruited well and as a club we've got a real togetherness right through the whole squad."

Next up for Millwall is Saturday's trip to Barnsley - a game that will see the club equal a record for consecutive away League victories with a win.

That's something that the midfielder has his sights set on, as well as extending his goal tally after meeting his pre-season target against The Tigers.

"You always set yourself targets at the beginning of the season, individually and as a team. For me personally, I wanted eight goals as a midfielder. I'm going to try and get a few more. I'm not going to stop now."

"It would be a great achievement [to equal a club record at Barnsley next week]. We're all in the same boat, we all want to achieve great things for this football club. It will be tough, but there's no reason why we can't do it."


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