Tom Elliott says the Millwall squad are ready to turn a corner and bounce back upon their return to The Den with positive results from their successive home games.
The Lions have won their last three matches at The Den, and take on Bolton Wanderers and Birmingham City within 72 hours of one another following this week’s international programme.
“I think the gaffer wanted a reaction from the game at Norwich on Saturday,” Elliott says.
“Obviously to go ahead and concede two goals in the last five minutes from tired errors was disappointing, but the boys have come back positively this week.
“I know a few of the group have been away, but we’ve had a few meetings this week and the gaffer just wants us to react and come back fighting, ready to take on Bolton.”
The front man discusses the importance of defending on the same page as a team, and says it is time to cut out the frustrating mistakes that have cost the team points in recent weeks.
“I think there has been real progress over the course of the week, and there will be even more when the boys come back from international duty. The gaffer really wants us now to cut out the mistakes defensively, as that was something we were so good with last year.
“The manager prides the team on defending as a unit. Myself, Gregs [Lee Gregory] and the forwards have to defend from the front a lot, and we are backed up by the midfield and then the defence. That’s what we need if we want to defend successfully in that way. We work on it quite a lot in training every day.”
Elliott highlights that the talking point of The Lions’ away form must be put to one side over the coming days, reassuring fans that the team have shown their capabilities and must now pick up maximum points at The Den.
“We’ve got a couple of important home games coming up now, and we just need to get some points on the board. I know everyone is talking about getting that first away win, but that will come as we’ve shown against the top teams what we can do.”
After opening the scoring at Carrow Road in last weekend’s late 4-3 defeat, Elliott will be hoping to start an eighth consecutive game when Phil Parkinson’s Bolton visit next Saturday.
“I’ve been waiting for my chance really. The gaffer has given me a chance this season and to be fair to the boys, they’ve helped me on and off the pitch to enjoy myself and enjoy my football. It’s credit to the manager and the team for helping me and giving me that chance.”