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Romeo discusses positive start and looks ahead to Fulham

Defender hungry for the challenge of Wednesday night at Craven Cottage

20 August 2019

Mahlon Romeo has spoken of the determined attitude among the Millwall squad, following The Lions' victory and clean sheet against Sheffield Wednesday at The Den last Saturday.

Romeo played a starring role in the win at right-back, against highly-rated winger Kadeem Harris.

"We were raring to go, we couldn't wait to get out there at half-time," Romeo says.

"We were ready for the challenge - we invited it, we were hungry for it. We were hungry to hang onto the lead. When we do our analysis of the opposition, we leave no stone unturned. I knew what sort of challenge I'd be up against, as I've watched Kadeem as a player for a while.

"I knew he was going to stay out wide and receive the ball as much as possible to try and take me on 1v1. I just had to try and make his job as difficult as possible. I won the battle, because we won the game."

Romeo explains an upturn in the vibe and chemistry of the squad around Calmont Road, which is being reflected on the pitch.

"In training, there's definitely a different feel around the club to last season. The camaraderie and standard of training has improved a lot.

"Us defenders do our own analysis with Ads [Adam Barrett] which has clearly helped with the clean sheets we've kept so far, and having the voice of Pearcey in the back line on the pitch and around the training ground has been a great benefit.

"The gaffer made it clear on the first day of pre-season what he wanted, and it's coming to life. We've had to come together as a team, help out one of our teammates in Jed who'd been sent off on Saturday, and there will be times in the future where we have to do the same thing. It's about the togetherness."

The full-back is relishing Wednesday night's visit to Fulham, with The Lions considered underdogs for the all-London contest at Craven Cottage.

"We play in one of the best Leagues on the planet, and if you look at the wages at a lot of clubs and the money involved, I would still say we are underdogs," he says.

"But it's never been something to affect us, in fact I think we thrive off it. Fulham have a great squad, and [Ivan] Cavaleiro and [Anthony] Knockaert are names that a lot of people know. It will be a big challenge, we'll have the right mindset and we'll look to try and get the job done.

"As good as it is to analyse a side, that's just a tool to help you and you have to deliver it out on the pitch. It's not as easy as watching a video on an opponent and playing well against them, but it's a useful utensil that can help us."

Romeo finally touches on the competition for a starting berth in Neil Harris' selection, with new arrival Jason McCarthy rivalling the 23-year-old for a place on the right side of the defence.

"The competition is good to keep us on our toes. Jason is a good guy and great to have around the place.

"The gaffer told us everyone has to fight for their place in the side, and he will at times change things regardless - for example depending on the opposition.

"From an individual point of view, I just have to keep producing performances and stay in the team, and every player will be doing the same."


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