Matt Gill | We need to show that same energy and aggression

16th August 2022
First team
Matt Gill

Assistant head coach Matt Gill wants Swansea City to approach tonight’s home meeting against Millwall with the same energy and aggression they produced in victory at Blackpool.

The visit of the Lions is the first part of a home double-header, with Luton set to visit SA1 on Saturday.

The Swans will be looking for a positive result on home turf after the disappointment of defeat against early Championship pacesetters Blackburn on their last outing in SA1.

And Gill believes his side will give themselves the best chance of achieving that aim if they can replicate the performance and energy shown against the Tangerines on north-west coast.

“It’s always nice to get that first win out of the way,” he said.

“Obviously, we’d have liked it to have been earlier in those first couple of games.

“Blackpool is a tough place to go. All the away games in the Championship are tough, so we were really pleased to get the win and I feel it was deserved on the day. 

Matt Gill

“It was nice to put on a good away performance, like we did at Rotherham, which could quite have easily been three points.

“It’s good now to put that first win to bed and look forward. 

‘We’re now really excited to be back home and have two games. It’s an important week for us.

“We go into it with a little bit of confidence from Saturday. We need to make sure that we are ourselves at home and show that aggressiveness that we did against Blackpool. 

“I think the performance is the most important thing. Hopefully, that will then lead to three points.

“It’s down to us to show the energy on Tuesday night that we did on Saturday.

Millwall have started the season strongly and sit in fourth place in the early Championship table with two wins from their three games.

One of those was a comeback victory as they came from 2-0 down to beat Coventry City 3-2 through goals from Jake Cooper, George Honeyman and a late George Saville strike.

And Gill expects the Lions to prove difficult opponents.

George Saville

‘It’s a really tough game. Last season we had two really competitive games against them,” he added.

“They’ve obviously started the season well with a couple of wins and recruited smartly in the summer.

“They will be quite buoyant from Saturday’s comeback victory, having been 2-0 down, so I think it will be a difficult match as always. They always are against Millwall.

‘It’s a vital thing for us that we provide a lot of aggression and energy in that final third and create a lot of attacking moments to have a positive impact at home, to really get the fan base behind us as well.