Adam Barrett has spoken of the excitement to return to Sky Bet Championship action this Saturday as Millwall make the trip across the capital to face Brentford (kick-off 3pm).
The fixture represents what is set to be The Lions’ final contest with The Bees at Griffin Park, and Barrett has highlighted the impressive training standards ahead of the game.
“We’re definitely looking forward to Brentford – it seems a long time since the Leeds game,” the caretaker boss told millwallfc.co.uk.
“In some respects, you’d like the games to be Saturday to Saturday, but it’s given us a good chance to prepare. Training has been excellent, the lads have been outstanding and really applied themselves, and we’re trying to slowly put in place different things we want to tweak.
“The intensity and application of the boys has been superb, our international lads have returned, and now we’re looking ahead solely to Brentford on Saturday.”
Barrett relishes games such as these at Griffin Park with a demanding and close atmosphere, and states the unity through the group will help overcome plenty of obstacles.
“As I’ve said before, the togetherness here is vitally important. So, after the Leeds game, you could see what it means to everybody and it’s important that the confidence remains high. There’s been a real intensity on the training pitch, a big focus from the lads.
“I’ve been delighted with the work, and we need to complete that and be ready for the weekend – we’re going to Brentford to get some points. It’s a London derby, a tight ground with the atmosphere on top of you, but every game at this level is a big game and you shouldn’t need any added motivation. You’ll come unstuck if you’re not at the top of your game week in, week out.
“No matter who you play, you have to apply yourself in the right manner. But it’s another good one, it’ll be packed out with a lot of supporters there, and it’s one to look forward to.”
With a trio from the current squad recently returning from the second international break of the season, Barrett explains the pros and cons of the time away from the League schedule.
“There is more time to prepare over international breaks which does serve as an advantage, but then again it becomes harder to get the messages into all the players when some of the boys are away on international duty.
“But we have been able to put things in place with how I want to go about it, I’m pretty clear on what I want to do – and it’s been good to get the extra sessions in on the grass. The lads know me and know what’s expected, so it has been a good extended spell of work.
“We do a lot of analysis on our opponents, looking at their strengths and weaknesses, but I don’t want to take away from what we’re good at and what we’re about as a team. There will be things that we look at with every opponent that we play, but like I’ve said I’m confident in what we can do and how we can play.”
The caretaker boss finally gives a regular fitness update regarding the sidelined Jiri Skalak and Ryan Leonard, along with those returning from the international scene – namely Shane Ferguson, Jon Dadi Bodvarsson and Jayson Molumby.
“Jiri has a frustrating injury, and we’ve been looking to get him through his first full week’s training since he picked it up. We just want to get him through, although it will be too soon for him to be involved on Saturday.
“Ryan Leonard will unfortunately be a few weeks away, and he’s now starting the early stages of his rehabilitation. He won’t be with us in the matchday squad for a period of time yet.
“Beyond that, we’re assessing the lads who have been with their national teams, the minutes they’ve played, and we’ll take that into consideration ready for Saturday.”