Gary Rowett reveals toughest opponent since taking Millwall job + discusses Sunday’s clash with West Bromwich Albion

BY RICHARD CAWLEY

Gary Rowett is confident his Millwall side will show no fear as they take on Championship leaders West Brom at The Den on Sunday.

Only Cardiff (one) have lost fewer home games than the Lions, who are five points adrift of the play-offs.

Next up for Millwall after this weekend is a Wednesday night assignment against third-placed Fulham in SE16.

Rowett said: “When I was doing my punditry work [earlier this season] I said that West Brom and Leeds were the best teams in the division. I’d probably put Brentford in with that now.

“Fulham, a little bit on their day as well. They are probably a little more inconsistent than the others.

“Those four teams would be the standout teams for me.

“Leeds have been the best side we’ve faced – by a country mile – so far. But I haven’t played West Brom yet. I’m judging it over the 17-game block that we’ve had.

“West Brom are in there with a side that can cause you problems with their intensity and they’ve got a lot of experience down the spine of their team. They’ve got some good individual players and a good manager as well.

“We’re always respectful of the opposition but I think you’ve seen it by now that no-one really scares us or makes us think ‘wow, we can’t win that game’.

“We’re pretty humble and know we need to be at our best to get results.

“You play against a side like that [West Brom] and you can nullify one threat and another threat can pop up and score a goal. That’s what good sides can do. That’s what sides that have got those resources can do – they can have an off day and still win the game based on a moment of quality.

“We have done that with Jed [Wallace], in fairness. But most of the time we’ve had to work incredibly hard to pick points up and win games.

“We beat Brentford at home. We beat Leeds at home, when Adam [Barrett] was caretaker manager. Our record was one of the best against the top six in the division.

“We’re not fearful. We know what we are and what we’ve got to do. It will be a tough game once again.”

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