Millwall boss Gary Rowett on why Crystal Palace friendly is key to their Championship preparations

Millwall will face Crystal Palace at The Den in a friendly on September 1 – with Gary Rowett wanting his players to be tested before the Championship opener on September 12.

Lions manager Rowett said: “It’s good to face different challenges – you’ve got to have one or two of those from teams above you, because sometimes when you face sides below then you tend to have a little more possession.

“It’s good to play opponents where they will dominate the game a little more and you’ve got to work on those defensive aspects as well.

“Palace is going to be a really good test for us. You have to have those type of games in your programme. I’ve never been the type of manager who thinks ‘let’s play a pre-season where we’ve got a really good chance of winning every single match’.

“You need some where you might face a little bit of adversity.

“They are a very athletic side. They have counter-attacked a lot when I’ve seen them in previous seasons and games. So it could be quite interesting.

“We’ll just try and give ourselves a slightly different physical test that we might get playing some of the lower down teams in the football pyramid.”

PICTURE BY BRIAN TONKS

 


 

Please make cheques payable to “MSI Media Limited” and send by post to South London Press, Unit 112, 160 Bromley Road, Catford, London SE6 2NZ


Former Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick has encouraged everyone in the country who can afford to do so to buy a newspaper, and told the Downing Street press briefing recently: “A free country needs a free press, and the newspapers of our country are under significant financial pressure”.

So if you have enjoyed reading this story, and if you can afford to do so, we would be so grateful if you can buy our newspaper or make a donation, which will allow us to continue to bring stories like this one to you both in print and online.

Everyone at the South London Press thanks you for your continued support.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *