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The manager previews Stoke visit

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22 October 2021

Gary Rowett wants his Millwall side to play with "energy" as Stoke City visit The Den in the Sky Bet Championship on Saturday afternoon.

The Lions got back to winning ways with an injury-time goal from Jake Cooper in Tuesday's 2-1 victory over Sheffield United at Bramall Lane, but they will now look to avenge last weekend's home loss to Luton Town against The Potters.

Speaking to millwallfc.co.uk, the boss challenged his side to perform in front of the Den faithful in the same way they did in Yorkshire.

"We've got to find a way to play with the same energy at home," he said. "Maybe we've got to force the game a bit more and maybe I have to tweak one or two things to do that.

"We've got to find a way to turn home performances into the same as away performances, but in a different way. That's a challenge. Tuesday's win gives us confidence, but it's only useful if we do the same on Saturday."

The Lions will be without George Saville through suspension, whilst Benik Afobe is unable to play against his parent club under the terms of his loan agreement.

The Potters have lost their last two, but currently only sit outside the top six on goal difference.

"We'll be without Sav, who is on five yellows, plus we have one or two walking wounded, but we'll go again.

"Stoke are a very good side - Michael has them in a position where they're very consistent. They've lost the last couple of games, but I watched them against Sheffield United and they were very good for 60-70 minutes. They've got good players, good quality - but we went there last season, put in a fabulous performance and won the game.

"We won't hold any fear, but, like most teams, we'll be massively respectful that they're a good side."

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