Date: 17th August 2015 at 7:08pm
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Manager Lee Johnson has said ahead of the trip to The Den to face Millwall on Tuesday evening, that he’s expecting a very tough encounter.

Audio – Johnson Previews Millwall

Having picked up our first three points of the season against Burton Albion last Saturday, Johnson knows we go into the game in good spirits but he’s still looking for improvement because he knows how tough Millwall will be.

Speaking to the Official Site Johnson said that in many ways it had been a decent week for us and he may have been overly harsh on the players after the win having reviewed the game thoroughly since then.

‘I would assess it as a decent week. I was disappointed to lose the first game but it was against a team that are used to playing with each other. It wasn’t a bad week. If it was a school report it would be a B-minus or a C-plus. I watched the video again and I was probably a bit harsh on the lads. We really did dominate the middle thirds with good play, passing and moving.’

He went on to say that what was frustrating for everyone on the day was a lack of penetration from the wide areas once we got there.

‘We actually kicked the ball behind the goal four times. We did all that work to get through the thirds and then they got a goal-kick. It was sloppiness but I have to be fair now, to the players. We were very solid where we needed to be solid but a little bit short in wide areas. Generally, I was delighted to get the win.’

With Millwall fresh from a four nil battering at the weekend, Johnson knows they’ll be looking to bounce back from that and a trip to their home ground is never easy anyway.

‘I’ve played there before and it takes a certain type of character to be able to go and produce on a stage like that. It was a bad day at the office for them. I’ve watched their game and I don’t expect them to be as bad. It’s a really, really tough environment to play at the Den and our players should embrace it. They should go there with no fear, nothing to lose and that mentality to go get a result.’

Following the Burton game Johnson also said that he had no fresh injury worries ahead of this game and he was hopeful that Ryan Williams would again take a place on the bench.

‘We’re still chasing fitness in a few. We could have only got about 10 minutes out of Ryan Williams. Conor Hourihane looked sharper when he came on. There are quite a few chasing minutes and it’s not ideal to do that in league or cup games. He (Williams) has done very little in pre-season and had no games. We need to find him those games but we also can’t push him too quickly. Yesterday we eased off him but today we will push him again.’

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