Tom Bradshaw is relishing the atmosphere at The Den on Saturday afternoon when Millwall host Charlton Athletic in the Sky Bet Championship.
A victory against The Addicks would see Gary Rowett’s side move within one point of our opponents.
“I’m really looking forward to the game – I’ve heard a lot about the proper local derbies,” Bradshaw said to millwallfc.co.uk.
“We’ve come close to facing West Ham in the Cup – it wasn’t to be, but I know Charlton’s a big one and it’ll be a sell-out. The atmosphere will be amazing inside The Den.
“Hopefully we can get the win, and ideally I can nick a goal.”
The Wales striker has always enjoyed contests with the neighbours at his previous clubs, and analyses the first two games of Rowett’s reign.
“I’ve played in a few sort of derbies before – I played for Barnsley against Sheffield Wednesday and Sheffield United, but it’s the atmosphere I enjoy most.
“When you’re playing in a local derby, it’s just that extra bit of spice and it means that little bit of extra to the fans. You can feel it on the pitch, it’s a great atmosphere to play in and hopefully we’ll do the job. We had a great result against Stoke in our last home game, and we went into Reading full of confidence.
“It didn’t really pan out on the day – I think we were trying to play and do the right things, but we got caught by two good finishes in fairness. We did respond well – Jed got us back into the game – and I thought on another day we could have scored another one, if not two. We’re still very confident and we’re definitely looking to continue the home form.”
Bradshaw is enjoying the best of his football right now, nominated for two Player of the Month awards for October, and says his injury woes last season have helped him appreciate his fitness as well as his form this term.
“I’m really enjoying my football at the moment. I think any footballer knows that when you’re going through a patch when everything is falling to you both in and out of the box, you just feel confident and like you’re going to score every time.
“On a personal note I do feel very good right now, playing well I’d say and scoring goals, and long may that continue.
“It’s rewarding as well considering last season. When you’ve been a professional footballer for 10 years, sometimes it gives you a bit of a refresh and makes you appreciate the times when you’re fit and playing regularly. When you’re in the stands for months, all you want to do is be involved and be helping the team out, so this season was always one I couldn’t wait to get started with.”