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Settled Side For Millwall

Settled Side For Millwall

Manager Ronald Koeman has said he's not going to make wholescale changes ahead of our Capital One Cup game against Championship Millwall.

Speaking to saintsfc ahead of the game, Koeman said that with so many changes over the summer his first team unit are still gelling as a side, and given we want to progress as far as we can in the domestic cups, his main focus will be on winning the game and giving the main core of the starting eleven another competitive run out together.

'The objective for tomorrow is to win and to progress. We are at the beginning of a new season, we've changed a lot, we need sessions and we need matches to put everybody together and to make the team better.'

Koeman goes on to say that our preparation for this match has been good, and he's certainly looking for a better overall performance than the one we put in against West Bromwich Albion, and as part of that, whilst there might be some changes based on those who need a few days more rest or light training, he's certainly not going to make changes just because it's the cup.

'We will take this very seriously, we need to win. We have some players who are not 100%, and tomorrow is not a match to take a big risk with some who might not be in a good physical state to play, but I won't change a lot.'

Despite being in the next level down, Millwall ended last season very well and unbeaten and up until their game last weekend, that was an unbeaten run that lasted 12 matches - the 13th hurdle was Rotherham.

In knowing this, Koeman knows they are obviously in good form, hard to break down and will be in good confidence - probably raising themselves seeing a Premiership scalp coming along and he knows it's going to be a tough, physical test.

'It'll be a difficult match, and you know there are always surprises. They are an aggressive team who like to press, for them it's a great match. Cup football is always different, and we're looking forward to it.'

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Writer:Vital Saint
Date:Monday August 25 2014
Time: 4:54PM

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