Gary Rowett striking a balance between graft and rest for Millwall’s players during international break

BY RICHARD CAWLEY

Gary Rowett admits the international break is a delicate balancing act in terms of rest but also hard graft on the training ground for his Millwall players.

The Lions signed off from Championship action for a fortnight with a 2-1 derby victory over Charlton Athletic.

Millwall have won both home games at The Den since Rowett was appointed boss.

The Lions head to Swansea City on Saturday.

Asked about the international break, Rowett said: “When you have managed in League Two it is a sheer slog of nine and a half months. So I’ll never complain about it [an international break].

“You get pretty used to it. You just accept it is part of a Championship season. There are times when physically and mentally you need the break when you start getting right into the season.

“And there are times that the players need it. So I’ll never complain about it. I’d rather go into two weeks without a game on the back of a win than a defeat, because it does make a big difference.

“It’s a balance. It’s a time to give the players a little bit of a breather but it’s a time to get a bit of work into them. Sometimes you’re doing that with four or five of your starting 11 missing, so there’s only so much you can do.

“We’ve not been here long, so we’re grateful to get that time.”

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