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"We didn't want to let the fans down," says Cooper

The goalscorer speaks...

4 July 2020

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Derby day match-winner Jake Cooper was beaming with pride after netting the winner in Friday's night South London derby - and expressed his delight in being able to extend The Lions' unbeaten record over Charlton Athletic.

The defender popped up with a striker's finish nine minutes from time to claim all three points after Connor Mahoney's shot was parried by Dillon Phillips, no doubt sparking wild celebrations in Millwall-supporting frontrooms amongst supporters watching at home.

A happy Cooper spoke to millwallfc.co.uk after the game and explained how a half-time chat gave The Lions further incentive to go on and claim victory.

"We said at half-time that we need to go for it - there's no point settling for another draw," he said. "After two in a row, we need to get the three points and kick-start this season again.

"We did mention the run, and we didn't want to let the fans down, especially without them here. We're really happy to be able to carry it on. We feel as though we had the better play, the better players and the better chances. I think we deserved to win the game."

The 25-year-old - who recently signed a new long-term contract - notched his second goal of the season after scoring his first in a 2-1 win at Bristol City in December 2019.

Cooper paid tribute to manager Gary Rowett's tactics as reasoning behind the feat.

"The gaffer has been saying in training to play higher up, push on and get into attacking areas. We were getting more bodies forward near the end to try and win the game, and I saw my opportunity to go. It was great play by Connor [Mahoney] and I managed to get on the end of the rebound."

Watch the full interview with Jake Cooper above.


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