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💬 "We want to earn reward for our hard work...but we know it's not going to be given to us!"

Fight, a desire to improve and a positive approach can earn us victory at Millwall...

24 November 2020

As soon as the final whistle sounded...Veljko Paunovic wanted it to sound again. "Let’s get to work, let’s fix this, let’s get back to what we were," he said with a steely determination on his face.

"We’ve got a quick turnaround and we’ve got to bounce back as soon as possible. We have to recover of course and then use this anger and disappointment and channel it towards the reaction that we’re looking for.

"This is a very important professional environment and we are all here to give our best in any given moment. There is no time or place for any immaturities.

"So we will learn from our mistakes. And we believe we can fix it. 

"But again, this game will be a fight. As usual we come up against a very strong opponent.

"I expect a physical game where we will constantly have to be on the front foot.

"And we have to flip from the disappointment of Saturday and turn it into positivity going into Wednesday night."

The hard work should be questioned. On Sunday morning, the first team were back at Bearwood analysing what they can improve to end this winless spell and avoid another second half display that led to defeat at the Vitality on Saturday.

"You have to be consistent in football. We have to give our players support and we want to encourage the positives from the weekend. But we also have to address things that are starting to show that we didn't have in the past.

"We have to eliminate those problems, be patient and play our game for the full ninety minutes at Millwall.

"It is a question of who is ready for the next game? Who is ready to leave the disappointment of Saturday behind and who has the desire to convert the disappointment from the last few games into something positive?

"We don't need negativity, anyone pointing fingers at others. But if a player wants to look at himself, improve and get better himself, that's what we need.

"Then we will be all on the same page and fighting together against the next opponent. We want winners in this team. We have shown we can be winners already this season, so that identity can not be lost. 

"And the challenge on Wednesday night is getting the three points. Three points will cure the mental state we found ourselves in after Saturday's game.

"We're really working hard, but the team need a reward for that hard work. And we know no-one will give it to us. We have to go there and get it for ourselves!"

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