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Millwall "fully ready to go" on Saturday, says Cooper

Towering defender discusses the weekend and form...

1 November 2018

Millwall's Jake Cooper doesn't mind if he performs well or not - as long as The Lions are doing well as a team.

The centre-back has registered two goals and five assists in 16 apperances so far this season, and before the trip to Brentford this Saturday, told how preparations at Calmont Road have led to a belief that they can pick up their first away victory of the campaign at Griffin Park.

Millwall's home form is strong - they have won four times at The Den this season, but are yet to taste success on the road, despite much-improved performances warranting more than the one point from six gained in their last two matches at Nottingham Forest and Reading.

The lack of a midweek game, international breaks aside, for the first time in a while has allowed Neil Harris and his squad extra time on the training field, as Cooper explains.

"Preparations [for Brentford] have been really good. We had a good workout on Tuesday, a bit of a tougher session than usual, but it's been nice to get some training in with all the midweek games we've had recently.

"We haven't had that much time to train and work on new things. It's been a great week and we're fully ready to go for Saturday.

"Last year we had the same problems with the away form - it wasn't great. It's something we're definitely looking at and wanting to put right. It's a great game for us to go into at Brentford, we feel as though we can get something from it."

Cooper's form has drawn many plaudits so far in 2018/19, and the defender - along with the rest of the Millwall squad - were buoyed by a first clean sheet in 14 matches during last Saturday's 3-0 victory over Ipswich Town.

Alongside the towering number five in the Tractor Boys win was Shaun Hutchinson, playing 90 minutes for the first time since a 2-1 loss to Sheffield Wednesday on 22nd August - and Cooper cited a "great relationship" between the two, who shut-out numerous Championship attacks during The Lions' remarkable first season back in the second tier last year.

"I feel good. I had a great pre-season and I've kept that going into the season. It's all about helping the team, really - my stats can be good or bad, as long as we're doing well as a team. That's the most important thing.

"It was massive for us to get that clean sheet. It's something we aim for every game, so we were over the moon to get it last Saturday. It's something we want to keep producing and hopefully get to the same sort of stats we were registering last year.

"Hutch and I have a great relationship. We've played a lot of games together now and it's nice to see him back. We've got a fully-fit squad now and it's great to have everyone around. There's that battle for places, which is a great thing to have in the squad."

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