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Watch | Nathan Jones' pre-Millwall press conference

31 March 2022

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Manager Nathan Jones admitted his squad is in a 'better position' heading into the final eight league matches of the season.

After a flat-out turn of the year, the international break presented an opportunity for players and backroom staff alike to enjoy a well-earned rest before getting back to action against Millwall on Saturday. 

Jones admitted that games don't get trickier than facing Gary Rowett's side too, saying during his press conference this afternoon: "Millwall are a very good Championship side. They have a really experienced manager, experience right throughout the side and it's a real tough game every time you play home and away against Millwall, we know that."

The gaffer could be boosted by a number of key returning players for the all-important remaining matches, which presents a different challenge of picking a starting eleven and bench. 

"There’s so many tough decisions, one it’s tough to pick a team, two, it’s tough to pick a bench. That’s why they’re the greatest group as the humility I have with this group is quite phenomenal, if someone isn’t playing they don’t sulk, they get ready to be a game changer.

"If someone’s out of the squad, they get ready for the next game when their chance may come, and that for a manager is as good as it gets, it really is."

Robert Snodgrass is a player that could make an impact starting from Saturday after making a few sporadic appearances since joining the club in February. 

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"In metaphorical terms he is a Champions League character. when he comes in, the way he is around the place, he just fits in here. We’ve got real characters, real top, top characters that he just fits in with, so we knew it was really important that when we brought him in, we knew what he would give us off the pitch, but we also want him to contribute on the pitch.

"He picked up a slight ankle knock in the QPR game, which meant he missed Preston and Hull games, but he’s been training fully now, so he will contribute before the end of the season.

"He’s already doing half his job anyway in terms of being around it and it takes a special person to come in here and enhance the environment, and he does that as we’ve got such a good environment, such a good culture that anyone who improves that has got to be a special character.

"I’ve known Snods for a long, long time, people know Snods, he’s famous or infamous in football for his character and how he is."


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