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Gregory: “It doesn’t come much bigger than Saturday”

Striker eagerly anticipating visit of Leeds United to The Den

12 September 2018

Millwall’s Lee Gregory has highlighted how much he and the team are relishing Saturday afternoon’s Sky Bet Championship clash against Leeds United (kick-off 3pm).

Marcelo Bielsa’s table-toppers visit The Den in The Lions’ first match since a late 2-1 loss to Swansea City in their last outing.

Gregory says the following international break has helped refresh many of the squad, but claims the match cannot come quickly enough for redemption from the Swans defeat.

“We’re forgetting about the bad week,” the striker says.

“It’s about starting fresh, and what a game to come back into – Leeds at home is one that it doesn’t get much bigger than for Millwall. The break has been good – but then again, when you make mistakes like we did [against Swansea] then you want to rectify them as soon as possible.

“Whether we had a break or not, we just have to take it on the chin and accept it is what it is. A break can be good, and hopefully it can help now that we’re preparing for Leeds this Saturday.”

The 30-year-old has spoken of his excitement for the atmosphere inside The Den for the match, commending how vocal the home support has been in previous fixtures against The Whites.

“[The Den] will be rocking on Saturday.

“I’ve played in a couple of these games now so I know what I’m expecting, and I love the atmosphere when Leeds come, so I’m looking forward to the game.”

The weekend clash could also bring the debut of deadline day recruit Ryan Leonard, who along with Tom Bradshaw were brought in by Neil Harris on loan deals which become permanent in January.

Gregory says it was important to bring the two new players in, stating that they strengthen the squad and provide healthy competition.

“They are two signings that we needed to make, especially after losing George Saville, so it’s good to get Lenny [Ryan Leonard] in,” the striker says.

“As for Tom Bradshaw – he scores goals, which he’s proven at Barnsley and Walsall. He’s another good player to have at the club, and I’m looking forward to working with them both.

“You’ve got to have competition. If there’s no competition at a football club, you can become too comfortable and that’s when performances start slipping. So [bringing in new players] is good – not just for me, but for the other lads as well.”

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