STAN TERNENT aims to turn the heat on Millwall tomorrow by maintaining the bright record of his Town managerial predecessors at the New Den.
Peter Jackson’s side scored a battling goalless draw there two seasons ago and 12 months ago, Andy Booth and Malvin Kamara clinched a 2-1 win under Andy Ritchie.
Now Ternent is determined to build on Wednesday’s encouraging Carling Cup display against Sheffield United with a first League I victory of the campaign.
Millwall have the same two draws and one defeat league record and Ternent admitted: “Both of us badly need a three-point haul.
“It won’t be easy, because Millwall have some decent players and Kenny Jackett is an experienced manager.
“But while the high expectation level up here has added to the pressure on us to perform, especially at home, Millwall’s fans will fully expect to see their side win at the New Den.
“It’s never been a place for the faint-hearted, but it’s a nice stadium and a nice pitch, and it’s 11 versus 11, like any other match.
“Their fans are proud and loyal, just like ours, but they can also become frustrated, and that can have an effect on players.
“If we can exploit that, all well and good, and after playing well on Wednesday, we have plenty to build on.
“We might have lost 2-1, but in terms of that performance and the one against MK Dons (Town were beaten 3-1 at the Galpharm last Saturday) it was chalk and cheese.
“We played to a good tempo and created a lot of chances. Now we have to learn to take them and kill sides off.”
Midfielder Ian Craney and on-loan Derby County striker Liam Dickinson are available after being ruled out of the cup clash.
Meanwhile Ternent will make pre-match checks on the fitness of centre-back Andy Butler and striker Booth, who both missed the Sheffield clash with back problems.