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Cooper talks QPR, Sheffield United and Pearce partnership

Defender discusses recent clean sheets and reuniting with former Reading teammate

11 April 2019

Jake Cooper has reflected on what he describes as a “fair result” on Wednesday night at The Den, as Millwall played out a stalemate with Queens Park Rangers in the Sky Bet Championship.

Despite having to settle for a point, The Lions have made it back-to-back clean sheets following the home double header.

“QPR came with a gameplan and made it very difficult for us,” Cooper told

“We’re of course happy with the clean sheet and the point gained, but we had chances to nick it like they did, so I think it was a pretty fair result over the 90 minutes.”

Cooper elaborates on the improving defensive displays of late, labelling discipline at the back a “priority” during the final six games of the season.

“We’re pleased with three out of four [League] clean sheets, especially us as a back line and helped by Dave Martin also.

“Continuing that is definitely a priority going into the remainder of this season, and it’s a platform we’re now looking to build on.

“When we saw the teamsheet especially, we knew it would be a physical encounter. We were definitely ready to take on their threat, and I think we did that pretty well in the end.”

Turning our attentions to Saturday’s visit to Premier League-chasing Sheffield United, Cooper is confident that the side can pick up a valuable result as underdogs at Bramall Lane.

“Saturday is massive, they have a lot to play for.

“We’re hoping they’ll be a bit edgy and we’ll go there full of confidence on the back of two positive results. Anything can happen on the day, and we’ll go there looking to get a good result.

“We back ourselves against anyone in this League on the day, and if we put in a performance that we know we’re capable of, there’s no reason why we can’t come away with all three points.”

The centre-back has recently built an encouraging partnership with former Reading teammate Alex Pearce, complimenting the impact of the Derby County loanee since his arrival at The Den.

“I’ve played with Pearcey a lot in the past, and I made by debut for Reading alongside him,” says Cooper.

“It’s great to have him here and to be back playing with him, you can see his leadership skills and it shows with our recent clean sheets that it’s going well.”

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