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Mahoney: “It’s massive to respond at Middlesbrough”

Winger discusses bouncing back at Boro’ and maintaining confidence

23 August 2019

Connor Mahoney says Millwall must remain upbeat and look to bounce back at the earliest possible opportunity at Middlesbrough on Saturday afternoon.

The Lions make the trip north following a first defeat of the Sky Bet Championship season against Fulham on Wednesday, and Mahoney remains positive to return to the team’s high standards.

“It’s massive to respond,” he said to millwallfc.co.uk.

“We’re looking to go and get three points against a side who perhaps haven’t started as well as I think they should have. We’ll go full of confidence to get the win despite the result at Fulham in the week.”

The winger has spoken about a difficult night at Craven Cottage, and claims it is being analysed and then set to one side.

“Fulham showed their levels of quality. They’ve still got the quality of a Premier League team – they’re a very strong side who have just come down.

“We knew it would be hard there, and they did show their class. Their passing was the best I’ve ever faced, and a lot of the lads have said they’ve never been involved in a game like that before.

“We’re analysing it, then we’ll forget about Fulham and look ahead to Middlesbrough. If we get three points, no one really looks at the Fulham performance or result. We’ll be on 10 points if we do manage to win tomorrow, and that’s a very good return.”

Mahoney states it is vital to remain as confident as throughout August, after coming through a tough set of opening fixtures to claim more points than we have dropped.

“We’re still very confident. We’ve played Preston, Sheffield Wednesday, West Brom and Fulham, all of whom I would expect to finish in the top 10.

“To take seven points from that start is very good – if we pick up a result at Middlesbrough, we will still be full of belief going into the next League game against Hull and we’ll have had a very strong August month.

“We’ll then recover over the international break and go again.”

The trip to the Riverside Stadium represents a sixth competitive fixture in a three-week period, which will be followed up quickly with a Carabao Cup tie at Oxford United and next weekend’s return to The Den against Hull City.

Mahoney praises the staff at Calmont Road who shape up the squad’s fitness to overcome the demanding schedule.

“We don’t have the biggest squad, so when we are playing Saturday-Tuesday most weeks then we need to come in and make sure we prepare right, getting the recovery we need.

“Everyone here obviously helps us with that very well with the equipment and recovery routines we have.”

The 22-year-old finally touches on his personal progression at The Den since arriving at the club, and that he notably hopes to make more of an impact in The Lions’ matches on the road.

“I’ve really enjoyed it here so far,” he says.

“We’ve had some really tough games, but it’s been good to get off the mark with one or two assists, creating a few chances in our home games. Away from home, I’d like to improve as we’ve not seen as much of the ball.

“I think we will see more of the ball at Middlesbrough than at Fulham, we can then create more chances and I’d love to grab a goal or an assist.”


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