Mahlon Romeo has highlighted the importance of home advantage as Millwall take on Sheffield Wednesday at The Den in the Sky Bet Championship on Tuesday night (kick-off 7.45pm).
The Lions have earned 23 of their 30 League points in SE16 so far this season, and Romeo believes the home support can be a crucial factor.
“We have the advantage of being at The Den here, so that’s something for us to look forward to,” the defender says.
“It’s a backing we know that we can use to our advantage, and we’re going to try and get at them early to win the game.”
Romeo touches on last weekend’s narrow defeat to Swansea City, a result he explains his frustration with.
“I think if you look at their goal, it’s a hard one to take,”
“We defended well for most of the game. There were times when they broke us down towards the end, but that is somewhat to be expected against a good passing team like Swansea when we’re chasing the game.
“We had a few chances on goal – I had a couple of chances myself which I could perhaps have done better with – but if you look back at their winner it’s frustrating with the deflection. They struggled to cut us open at that point in the match. It’s about taking the positives now into Sheffield Wednesday.”
With a demanding schedule facing The Lions throughout February, the 23-year-old claims that League form is the priority for the squad, followed by progression in the Emirates FA Cup, which resumes next weekend at AFC Wimbledon.
“Breaking clear in the League is what we need to do, the sooner the better. Our goal now is to get to the next set of 10 points, and so on.
“Everyone enjoys the FA Cup too, so it’s important also to have that as a break from the League.”
A mainstay in the right-back position for The Lions, Romeo states that he and his teammates have improved in a defensive capacity over the course of this season, and commends Neil Harris and the coaching staff for the guidance they have given him.
“I definitely feel like we’re getting better as a defence. We had a few blips earlier on in the season, but I think as a team we’ve cut a lot of those out and, like the stats say, we’re definitely improving in that area.
“Naturally I’ll always enjoy getting forward, but credit to the gaffer, Livers [David Livermore] and Ads [Adam Barrett] for helping me progress with my defending.”