This is what Millwall boss Gary Rowett makes of ‘very positive’ Bristol City

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Gary Rowett brings his Millwall side to Ashton Gate to face Bristol City on Saturday afternoon

Gary Rowett believes Bristol City will be ready to face his Millwall side at Ashton Gate on Saturday.

The Robins were in midweek action against Preston North End in an otherwise quiet midweek schedule after the match was rearranged. It was a part of what is a busy schedule for City with fixtures crammed in to accommodate the winter World Cup.

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Rob Atkinson scored two headers - the second being a stoppage-time winner to defeat the men from Lancashire and elevate themselves to mid-table. City moved up to 11th as a result of the victory

Millwall on the other hand were not in action and could be viewed as the fresher of the two sides given there was no match to contend in. The second-longest serving manager in the Championship however has dismissed that and thinks Nigel Pearson’s side will be ‘very positive’.

Speaking to the NewsAtDen, Rowett said: “I’m sure they’ll be very positive, I’m sure that playing Wednesday night and the fatigue element of that will be less of a factor having won the game, having won it in the way they did and at home.

“I don’t see it really being an issue, I don’t see anything that we can necessarily take massive advantage over, other than the fact that we’ve got to go there and play with a little bit of zip and freshness to see if we can cause they problems just like we did to Rotherham and Middlesbrough.”

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City won the last time these two met, winning 3-2 as they opened up the New Year with Andreas Weimann influential. Millwall had gone ahead through Benik Afobe’s penalty after Tom Bradshaw had cancelled out Weimann’s opener. The Austrian scored twice in the last 15 minutes to ensure a winning start to 2022 for City.

More than 1,100 away supporters are set to make the trip to the West Country on Saturday. It is the closest of the away days that the South East London club will have to travel, but is still a 250-mile round trip.

The Lions aren’t the happiest of travellers in the league this season and have yet to win on the road this season. They have suffered four defeats out of the seven matches that they have been on the road for, however they did get a point against Rotherham in their last outing.

The Millwall manager was keen to give his supporters something to shout about:“Away from home, they’ve not had as much to cheer about, so the fact that they’re still going in their numbers, I think it’s brilliant,” he said to the News at Den.

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“What it means is that there’s a huge responsibility on myself and the players to give them something worth spending their money on. We’ve got to make sure that we give them that effort that they expect and that desire that they expect.”

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