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Barrett: “The togetherness and confidence as a group has always been vital here”

Caretaker boss on progress in the camp, preparation for Brentford and a fitness update

14 October 2019

Adam Barrett has highlighted the immense positivity around the club at Millwall at present, particularly following last weekend’s victory over Leeds United and the progress in training the following days.

Barrett’s first match as caretaker manager saw The Lions take three points over Marcelo Bielsa’s side, and the team have an extended period over the international break to prepare for next weekend’s trip across London to visit Brentford.

“The mood has been really good in the camp since the weekend as you can imagine,” Barrett says.

“It was a fantastic performance last Saturday and a great result, and to see The Den rocking was outstanding. It was just a great day. Spirits are good and confidence is high, especially after the weekend.

“At this football club, the togetherness and confidence as a group has always been vital. The team spirit has been there to see, and what is important is the mentality that we’re all in this together. The staff, everyone was pulling in the right direction and that’s so important at this club. It’s great to see, it’s good to have it there, and we have to make sure we continue that now and build on it.”

The caretaker boss has outlined what he expects from the squad moving forward, and his plans after a rest period for the players this weekend – aside from those representing their national teams.

“Obviously it’s the international break this week so we’ve been able to get some good work into the lads. I’m very keen to push them – I want that intensity and fight in our play, I want the work-rate and for everyone to fight for each other.

“So as I’ve said, it’s been a good week to put some things in place, we have a weekend’s rest with there being no game, and we come in on Monday fully focused on our game against Brentford.

“Our sole aim is to go to Brentford and make sure we can go and get a result. Everyone is in a good place, we continue to wish all the lads well who are on international duty, and hopefully they come back with no problems. From there, we’ll get the preparation sorted for next weekend, which we look forward to.”

Barrett then gives an update on the fitness of the squad, including Ryan Leonard – who was forced off in the first half at The Den last Saturday.

“Unfortunately, Ryan Leonard will be on the sidelines for a number of weeks, which is really disappointing because he has come into some good form lately. He was excellent until he had to come off last weekend.

“Jiri Skalak, we’ll wait and see with. He’s been back in training which is great, so we’ll continue to monitor him. Other than those two lads, we’re good to go.”

After an eight-day period in caretaker charge which he admits has been a “whirlwind” time at the club, Barrett has explained how much he has relished the responsibility.

“It’s been well documented how much of a whirlwind it’s been for myself and around the club, of course, but I’m really enjoying it. It’s been excellent so far, and hopefully that can carry on.

“It felt right last weekend, and I enjoyed stepping up to the plate and leading the chaps. We’re now moving straight onto Brentford, that’s the main focus.”

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