Rowett’s ambition and its infection on the club…

Millwall manager Gary Rowett

Tomorrow we travel west to Wales as we attempt to replicate last seasons win away to Swansea. If Jed Wallace is over another free kick in the second half, especially after scoring again last week I’d probably put a significant stake on him proving decisive once more for Millwall.

Having started the league campaign with a win and two draws, undefeated. Conceding only one, a penalty against the always impressive Brentford. Excitement levels for me are naturally getting carried away, could this be the season we finally make a serious claim to get promoted to the Premier League?

If I wanted to take a negative spin on the last three league games I probably could, we’ve only scored two goals and had only six efforts on target in the ties. With also one of the least touches in the opposition box throughout the whole league. Fortunately I’m more inclined to blind positivity when it comes to our club.

However it’s as a team, even as a club with the clear and obvious message from Rowett that leaves me nothing but ambitious for the outcome of this season. Rowett just oozes the confidence and ambition that I feel will be key in what we achieve this season and beyond.

The masterstroke from Rowett was the introduction of the 5-2-3 formation, especially away from home. Picking up eight wins in 17 since Rowett arrived at The Den, keeping goals against to a clear minimum with Bart winning the golden glove last season, no one can ever think to doubt the defensive solidarity we have within the squad. Confidence from the squad is clearly there to be seen, and the players are buying into anything and everything Rowett has them doing on a match day.

The home form has instead clearly suffered since the new year, with only four home league wins in 2020, the emphasis has switched and this is something that needs to be resolved for us to be considered hopefuls this year. Personally, I feel the lack of fans especially in our case as a club is huge, with no Den atmosphere to call on towards the back end of last season, form took a nose dive as the players adjusted to live without fans.

However, taking a closer look at our last game at home to Brentford, I feel we’ve turned a corner with that performance where we out shot Brentford, created more and attempted to stamp our home authority on the away side. With Luton, Barnsley and Huddersfield coming up as our next three home games, I’m sure manager and players alike know how key those games will be for us to kick start our push towards the summit of the table.

It was an interesting watch//listen after the Brentford game, with Alex Pearce and Jed Wallace on club media duties, they both seemed in unison of what the side needs to achieve in the coming games. The creative outlet we saw last time out is something which needs carrying on and if we continue that style of play into the next game and beyond, I truly believe we will win more than we lose.

Under Neil Harris, we had the small club mentality of always being the underdog, looking to hit teams on the counter and only play in their final third away from our own backline. However, under Rowett, and the free licenses to all in the squad to play football and commit bodies forward from wide areas especially, we have our own threat that we need to be tapping into more as the season gets fully underway.

With the ambition and hope of taking the game onto teams, hopefully we can come away with all three points tomorrow at the Liberty stadium.


Rowett’s ambition and its infection on the club…