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Gary Rowett explains the mood at Millwall ahead of final day clash against Bournemouth

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Millwall play Bournemouth tomorrow in the final weekend of Championship action and go into the game with a slim chance of still making the play-offs. 

The Lions will have to rely on the results of other teams if they are make it but they will have no chance of making it unless they beat Bournemouth.

The Cherries have already won automatic promotion so although they are a good side, they may have less motivation in them this weekend.

It’s a big weekend for Millwall but manager Gary Rowett has said he is looking forward to it as he told London News Online: “We’re playing against a very good team and it’s hard to predict how Bournemouth might line up. Will they give some of the players who haven’t played some minutes? Will they play the same team? Whatever happens it’s hard for us to predict that. As usual we have to concentrate on what we do.”

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Furthermore, the Millwall boss also feels that relying on other teams to slip up gives them a small advantage as he said: “We’re in a position where other teams are holding on. We’ve got something to get. We’ve got everything to gain and nothing to lose. I know sometimes that is a bit cliche and players will still feel they have an opportunity that could be missed. But genuinely, again, it is out of our hands.

“Once again we’ll have a way of starting the game and results will dictate what we do within the game. We’ll plan for every eventuality – how do we chase it? How do we keep it? How do we stay in the game? How do we chase the game with more possession? There are so many different variables that we’ll try to be ready for.

“Ultimately it will come down to how we handle the last game and how Bournemouth handle the last game. If they play like they did Forest, with the same quality and energy, then any team would find it hard to beat them. We’ll certainly have a good go – I’m looking forward to it.”

The Verdict:

This weekend is a big one for Millwall as they go into it still with the opportunity of making the play-offs.

However, based on Rowett’s comments it doesn’t sound like they’re approaching it with nerves.

The Millwall manager has a point that there is only so much they can do with them relying on the results of teams above them to make the play-offs, and therefore all they are able to focus on is themselves and the job they have to do.

They really have nothing to lose as they approach the weekend with such an outside chance of actually finishing in the top six so this is an opportunity for them to just go all out and see what happens.

Even if they don’t make it this season, it seems like they have built good foundations this season that they can build upon next season.


Passionate football fan supporting Barnet FC and Newcastle United. Currently studying a masters at UCFB alongside writing for Football League World.

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