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Cooper looks ahead to Luton trip

Defender eager to get back into winning form

1 October 2019

Jake Cooper has given an honest take on Millwall’s opening period of the season, and says the squad are keen to make amends for recent dropped points as two important League games approach before the October international break.

The Lions are seeking a first League win since August’s success over Sheffield Wednesday.

“It was good to have the great start that we did,” Cooper says.

“Of course, since then we’ve had a rocky patch at times. The Fulham game was probably something that hit us harder than we maybe thought, and we’ve had a spell where securing a victory has been difficult.

“It’s something we’re looking at of course, and we’re trying to see where to improve and address it as soon as possible.”

The centre-half contributed heavily in an attacking sense last term, and is looking to return to that form as well as improving as a defensive unit.

“I think defensively we have been okay, especially when you look at some of the forwards at this level. Against Fulham and QPR, they had some excellent forward players. We know what we can do from the clean sheets we’ve kept this season, and that’s what we have to work towards and build from.

“It is frustrating not to have scored yet this season, I’d definitely have liked to get on the scoresheet by now. But we know where our strengths lie and we’ve scored a lot of goals from set-plays, especially the likes of Smudger [Matt Smith].

“Maybe defenders have worked me out a bit more as can be the case, so it’s up to me to overcome that. It’s certainly something I’ve been looking at.”

Cooper stresses that the focus of the side must remain on the trip to Kenilworth Road, before Leeds United visit The Den this weekend.

“We’ve been recovering from Saturday and now we just need to look to be fresh ahead of Luton.

“We’ll be continuing to look tactically towards the game, and it’s important we’re ready and raring to go.

“If we can pick up a good result on Wednesday, it will give us confidence to push forward ahead of Saturday back at The Den. But right now it’s all about getting the points on the board at Luton.”

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