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Bialkowski looks ahead to Brentford trip

Goalkeeper on recovery period, momentum and Bees challenge

18 October 2019

Bartosz Bialkowski has claimed that following a rest period for the majority of the Millwall squad over the international break has helped preparation for Saturday’s return to Sky Bet Championship action.

The Lions travel to Brentford in Adam Barrett’s second game in caretaker charge, and Bialkowski says the squad are raring to go to build on our last outing’s victory over Leeds United.

“Training has been good – we had a few days off over the last couple of weeks – and now we’re all back in and the mood is great,” the goalkeeper said to

“We’re all upbeat after the Leeds game, and we just want to get out quickly and win another one.

“This League is relentless and such a long season, and you need time to rest and recover. Obviously it’s still early in the season, but every little break is good to recover from little knocks and injuries.”

The stopper analyses a solid display against Leeds a fortnight ago at The Den, and says it shows once more that The Lions can match anyone in the division.

“It’s definitely a win we needed last time out, because we hadn’t won for a few games before that.

“We knew we needed to come out and express ourselves and that was the message in the dressing room. We had to get after the ball, not let them create and we had to try and play some football of our own.

“We faced a side who were scoring and creating for fun, but we really limited their chances, did our jobs and showed we can compete against anyone in this League.”

Bialkowski identifies Thomas Frank’s Brentford as a serious threat, but a challenge he is confident Barrett’s men can overcome.

“We want to take the momentum from our last game and go and beat someone else, but it won’t be easy against a good Brentford side. It will be another massive one for us to go and put in a top performance.

“Brentford have spent a lot of money and have signed players, and they’re a really good team which maybe they’re not showing as much at the moment. It’s a tough place to go and always has been for me personally.

“They’re a footballing side and they try to play some good stuff. We have to stop them creating like we have done before, and hopefully we’ll be okay.”

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