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Skalak: "I'm enjoying it here, everyone has helped me"

Czech wide man discusses his first months at Millwall and his return to the international fold

26 November 2018

Jiri Skalak says he has enjoyed settling into life at Millwall, but claims the team have been unlucky in numerous matches this season.

Our summer signing highlights the positive welcome he has received from his teammates and staff at the club, but emphasises the importance of picking up more points this campaign.

"I've enjoyed it here so far, but I think we have dropped some points that we should've picked up, and we need to move up the table," Skalak says.

"We need to take each game step-by-step and look to win points. I don't think we play bad football - we have just been quite unlucky this season."

The 26-year-old entered the fray for the final 13 minutes of The Lions' draw with Bolton Wanderers on Saturday, and made an immediate impact with the initial strike which found the net to level the game - albeit via a potential Jake Cooper deflection.

"It was hard on Saturday, as Bolton kept in their shape and didn't play too much football of their own with them having scored the first goal.

"I still think we should have won the game, but some matches are like this and we need to keep going with the next game at home again in front of our fans when we face Birmingham City. We have played well at The Den this season.

"When I had the shot [for the goal], I didn't see it touch anyone else on the way through, but if Coops says he touched the ball, he must have done. What's important though is that the goal gave us a point, and I hope I can score and contribute to the team."

Skalak touches on his period of settling in at the club, and feels the team will still go on to enjoy a solid season.

"It's always hard coming somewhere new, but all the players and staff here have helped me and given me a nice welcome.

I really enjoy it here and I hope every day things will get better and better, and that we go on and have a good season."

After a frustrating year with injury before his arrival at The Den, Skalak made his return to the Czech Republic national squad after a two-year absence in the recent international break - something he says has given him a real boost.

"It was really nice for me to be back in the national side after two years. There's a new manager now who is building a new team, and I have missed the players who I used to play so many games with.

"It has been great and helped me with my confidence as well. It's always good to be playing in the national team."


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