Page is relishing the chance to play against his parent club's southeast London rivals, while focussing on picking up points for the Sky Blues' league cause...
West Ham loanee Lewis Page is expecting a frosty reception from the Millwall faithful as the Sky Blues travel to The Den in League One battle tomorrow.
The fullback, on loan from the Lions’ bitter local rivals, knows that the crowd will be willing the home side on and has suggested that City need to be at the top of their game to take anything away from The Den.
Page has been encouraged by the level of City performance recently, but has identified that lapses of concentration at each end of the pitch have negatively affected their ability to pick up points.
He said: “Last time I spoke I remember saying I hope we’ll get our first three points on the board and go on a run, but it hasn’t happened yet. Hopefully that happens tomorrow and we can kick on from there.
"We’re playing some good stuff in the middle of the park, but perhaps letting ourselves down in both boxes. We’re struggling to score and conceding too many sloppy goals. If we can change that we’ll win games because we are good enough in possession to hurt teams.
“Confidence takes a hit, everyone is disappointed after you lose. But you quickly turn that around and now we’re upbeat again, this team is good enough to pick up points.”
The Sky Blues squad have had a full week on the training ground for the first time since the inception of the league season on August 6th, with midweek fixtures intervening with the usual training schedule.
The 20-year old has spoken about the readiness of the younger players to compete at first-team level, whilst acknowledging the important influence of the club's more senior pro's.
Page added: “It’s good to work on things on the training ground, stuff that we haven’t been able to work on yet. Hopefully we can put that in to practise on Saturday.
“It isn’t a bad thing to have young players, we are all determined to try and make it to the top level and are keen to do well and prove ourselves. Saying that, we need the more experienced guys to help us out at times. We have those experienced heads in the team and I am sure it will help the tide turn.
“I’ve played Millwall U21s at Upton Park a few years ago and the atmosphere was a bit wild. I’m expecting that again tomorrow, the crowd will be up for it. The support urge their team towards the goal really, they are the twelfth man. As long as we concentrate and play our the game the home crowd become almost irrelevant.”