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Millwall have had a rather inconsistent start to the season, and that has seen Neil Harris resign from the club and replaced by former Stoke City manager Gary Rowett.
The Lions have won just once since he took over, although he’s only been in charge at the club for two fixtures.
Millwall are mightily impressive at home but they often fail to meet expectations when they’re away from the Den. This was shown in Rowett’s first match away from home as they were defeated by Reading, if they can start to improve that then they have a chance of breaking through that mid-table label given to them.
Will Millwall finish in the top half?
Despite struggling last season, not many often back the Lions to get relegated and they seem to be stuck in a huddle of sides that stick around the middle of the Championship for much of the season.
Rowett has to try and change that and it all starts against Charlton this weekend. It is such a big game for the Lions, and they have to try and get the victory over a strong Addicks side to prove that they can and will compete in the upper echelons of the league table.
Millwall are very rarely outplayed in any fixture, but the problem they have is losing out by the odd goal. Rowett has been brought in to try and give them that edge in fixtures, something he did so brilliantly during his time at Birmingham City.
If they can get a good result against Lee Bowyer’s Charlton side, then they must take that into the future and play on that confidence a lot more than they have done. The Lions need more attacking threat, and that can come with Rowett if he tries to do what he did in the second-half at Reading and play with two strikers.
Millwall have to show that they are capable of with-standing a place near the top half of the table and it’s possible that if they beat Charlton they can then use that as a benchmark for Rowett and his side. He has big ambitions, and it’s vital that the squad can match them.