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Millwall's Valley goal hero excited by prospect of Leeds game
SCOTT McDonald is excited by the prospect of taking part in his first Millwall v Leeds game on Saturday after scoring the winner against Charlton.
The former Celtic striker grabbed his first Lions goal since completing a summer switch from Middlesbrough to maintain the Lions’ excellent record against the Addicks.
And the Australian is now aiming to shoot down Leeds this weekend at The Den to ensure Millwall continue their sudden upturn in fortunes, a game the 30-year-old is already relishing.
McDonald said: “I’m looking forward to next week, it’s a massive game Leeds.
“There’s history there and there’ll be a big crowd hopefully.
“I think it is a derby, I’ve watched a few on the telly.
“I’m looking forward to being a part of that.
“I’ve played in probably the biggest derby in the world so I love games like that.
“The Old Firm derby I have special memories about, it’s massive memories for me but this is now.”
McDonald was replaced by fellow striker Steve Morison on the hour at The Valley but the on-loan Leeds forward is ineligible to play against his parent club this weekend, meaning McDonald is almost certain to lead the line.
“I think maybe it is part of the reason why Steve isn’t starting as we have the Leeds game,” he said.
“It’s fantastic to have Steve back.
“There’s competition for places all around the pitch, you have to keep working hard.”
Three points at Charlton ensured back-to-back wins for Millwall after Tuesday’s 3-1 success over Blackpool, the perfect ending for a week which began in disastrous fashion with that 5-1 drubbing at the hands of Derby County.
McDonald said: “It’s funny how football works.
“It was important after the disappointment of last week we kept our heads together and had a chat.
“We knew what we had to do, we needed to show a reaction, which we did on Tuesday.
“We bounced back and produced a solid performance at Charlton.
“At this club we’ve always shown after a disappointment there has been a reaction we have to show the fans what it means to us.
“We’re showing that now.
“It’s only the start of the season, you’ve got to work for your points and it’ll be a very tough game against Leeds.”
On a personal level, McDonald was also relieved to finally break his Millwall scoring duck.
He explained: “It feels good - on the big occasion as well, that I always like.
“It took a little deflection but I’ve been working hard and I think I’ve been playing pretty well and deserved that bit of luck.
“Hopefully there’s plenty more to come.
“I’ve not had too many chances, but the ones I’ve had I’ve been disappointed not to have notched.
“With the team winning games as well, with confidence you tend to get more chances as well.”
Despite the dramatic improvement in results, McDonald denied anything different was happening on the training ground to turn things around.
“Everything has stayed the same,” he revealed.
“We have to keep believing.
“Performances at times have been really good but we’ve not had the reward from it and not created the chances.
“We’ve shot ourselves in the foot with goals we’ve conceded.
“The teams we’ve played, there’s been an expectancy with the squad we’ve had.
“It’s not quite happened, so everyone starts panicking a little bit.
“There’s probably six or seven new players here.
“It’s hard for fans to be patient, we’ve got to keep believing and I think we’re starting to turn a corner.
“I wasn’t too worried – obviously disappointed.
“You’ve got to keep working hard or you don’t get anywhere.
“We all have a hunger, the majority of them have been here a long time and know what it takes to put on a Millwall shirt.
“They’ve tried to put that across to the new boys.”
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