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Tunnicliffe: “It’s important for us to be back at The Den”

Midfielder discusses home advantage, improving on Leeds result and becoming first-choice

5 April 2019

Ryan Tunnicliffe says it is crucial that Millwall return to The Den in the Sky Bet Championship for the first time since 2nd March this Saturday as West Bromwich Albion make the visit to SE16.

The midfield man calls the weekend contest ‘massive’ and outlines the advantage of being back on home turf.

“It’s obviously a massive game, and it’s important that we’re back at home,” Tunnicliffe tells millwallfc.co.uk.

“We need to look for a positive result, especially after Saturday – we need to correct the mistakes we made.

“I don’t think we were unlucky not to take anything away from Leeds, because you can’t ‘unluckily’ concede three goals.”

Tunnicliffe - who made his 50th Millwall appearance last time out - evaluates last Saturday’s slender defeat at Elland Road, and says it is a welcome return for the team to play in front of the home crowd.

“We had moments of switching off last Saturday against a quality side who will punish you. I think we played well enough, but they had a lot of the ball and we had lapses which allowed them to do enough to win the game.”

“The overriding feeling on the training ground is still confidence. We believe we can match and beat anyone – we showed at Leeds how we can perform in stages, performing generally well and scoring two goals, but ultimately we lost the game.

“But coming back to The Den is huge for us – hopefully the fans can come out, show their support and make it hostile, helping us to pick up results.”

The 26-year-old states how every point on the board is vital, and discusses promotion contenders West Brom as an opponent under new caretaker boss James Shan.

“Having more games left at home gives us confidence, because still not a lot of teams like coming to The Den. That’s something that has been proven over the years, so having five of the last eight at The Den is a boost for us, and we need to make sure we turn that into points.”

“West Brom are obviously a good team, they’re fourth in the League and have opened up a fair gap between themselves and outside the Play-Offs. To be this high in the League at this point of the season proves what they’re like as a team, but like I’ve said, we’re full of confidence and we won’t fear them.

“They’ll come here, and we’ll give it our best to take the result.”

Touching briefly on his personal form, Tunnicliffe says he is now looking to maximise on the opportunity in Neil Harris’ starting XI that he has worked for.

“It’s been good back in the side.

“Of course, you want to play every minute out on the pitch – I’ve had to be patient and wait for my chance, and I just have to keep performing to make sure the shirt’s mine.”


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