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Romeo reviews 2018/19

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17 May 2019

Millwall's Mahlon Romeo has stated how manager Neil Harris wants things to "be different" in 2019/20.

The right-back signed from Gillingham in the summer of 2015 and has steadily nailed down a first-team slot in his four years at The Den, making 47 appearances in all competitions as The Lions secured Sky Bet Championship football for another year in 2018/19.

Speaking to after the season came to a close at Wigan Athletic, Romeo looked back on the year that was, and concluded that whilst the final League position of 21st wasn't ideal, there were still moments to remember - especially in the Emirates FA Cup.

The Lions defeated Hull City, Everton and AFC Wimbledon before exiting the competition in heartbreaking circumstances in the Quarter-Finals as Brighton & Hove Albion won on penalties.

"It wasn't ideal being in a relegation battle, but when you are, you have to be realistic and adapt your goals. Our game became to stay in the League, and that's what we did. That's the most important thing," said Romeo.

"The FA Cup games were definitely a highlight of the season, plus League games such as the wins over Aston Villa and West Bromwich Albion, in which we dominated games, too. That's where we have to be more consistent - in The Championship, the second tier of English football, we're playing against a really high calibre of player.

"For me, though, the Cup games offered something different. You might say they were a free hit, playing against teams from a higher division. They were exciting times."

The 23-year-old began the campaign in a battle with Conor McLaughlin for the right-back slot, but wrestled the initiative away from the Northern Irishman to become first choice.

Romeo admitted that his early season form perhaps could have been better, but went on to state his pleasure at being in the first-team, and signed off with a note ahead of pre-season training for 2019/20.

"Personally, I think I started off the season a little bit inconsistently at times. But, if you look back at the pattern of my career at Millwall, it slots in. I can be shaky at times, but at the end of the day, I've played a lot of games - that's all I can ask for.

"The gaffer has mentioned to us how he wants things to be different next season, so that is definitely something that we want to start with from the very first day of pre-season."

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