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Rowett discusses festive fixtures, a week of training and Barnsley test

Manager looks ahead to busy schedule

20 December 2019

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Millwall boss Gary Rowett expressed his feelings towards the upcoming Christmas period and insists a full week of training has been beneficial to the squad.

The Lions find themselves seven games unbeaten and currently sit 11th in the table, just two points off the Play-Offs. The Den plays host to Barnsley on Saturday, the first of four games in just 10 days.

Speaking to, Rowett explained how having a full week at Calmont Road has benefited the group ahead of a busy month. 

"It's been quite nice to have that period," he said. "When you've had a heavy set of games and training, you can just unload a tiny bit, that's been this week.

"We've still worked really hard and had two or three really good sessions, but it's just been a chance to give them a tiny bit of recovery time. When you've got quite a small squad, the fact that we've had a bit of time has helped us."

Fixtures against Barnsley, Cardiff, Brentford and Luton means there's little time to fully prepare, but the manager insists the group will be ready to tackle the festive schedule.

"I think you enjoy the games but I think it's always hard to enjoy it entirely," Rowett said. "When you have the games so close together you rely on a little bit of continuity, little snapshots of tactical work and you can't do as much physical training.

"You have to make sure you're single-minded and prepared for each game as best you can."

The Reds currently sit bottom of the Sky Bet Championship table with 16 points. However, Rowett exaggerated the need to remain professional in The Lions' approach.

"I've been in The Championship for long enough now, there is no game that you win by just turning up and looking at the table. The only games you win are the ones where you earn the right throughout the game and you perform to your maximum.

"I'm sure Barnsley with the recent run of games at home as well as their form picking up a lot, are going to be looking to improve their away form just as we were before Swansea."

Watch Gary Rowett's full pre-match interview ahead of Barnsley above.

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