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Midweek break has helped Millwall's preparation, says Cooper

Towering defender speaks ahead of Trotters meeting...

8 March 2019

Jake Cooper has claimed that Millwall are "fully prepared" for Saturday's Sky Bet Championship trip to Bolton Wanderers (kick-off 3pm).

Following a busy February, which saw The Lions play seven times in the shortest month of the year - and in every midweek but one - March is slightly more forgiving, with five fixtures, including an Emirates FA Cup Quarter-Final with Brighton & Hove Albion, beginning with last weekend's defeat to table-toppers Norwich City.

For the first time in nearly four weeks, Millwall have not had to negotiate a midweek trip, and Cooper, speaking to millwallfc.co.uk, told of the chance to "regroup and recover" ahead of this Saturday's trip to the University of Bolton Stadium.

"Last Saturday was a tough one to take, but we were playing the side at the top of the League. We've had a week now to get some training in, which has been good, because it has been difficult between games.

"We've had a lot of weeks with midweek games, so to have a little break where we can regroup and for some of the lads to get over knocks and recover has been nice.

"We've had a full week to get together and work on a few things, and we're fully prepared to go into the Bolton game."

The Lions head into the weekend just one point and two places above the bottom three, but Cooper stated that if the team can muster a strong performance, then the result will hopefully follow.

"I think in the first-half [last Saturday] we performed well and were unlucky with the goal. We scored a good goal ourselves, had a lot more chances and showed we can compete at that level.

"Saturday is a big game. We'll go there looking for all three points, but will be looking to put a performance together firstly. Hopefully the result will follow that."


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