Thorn: New Den is tough, we need to be strong.
By Covsupport News Service/RD
Updated Tuesday, 1st November 2011
City boss urges his players no to be intimidated.
Coventry City manager Andy Thorn has told the Sky Blues Player that his side have no need to fear Millwall despite their recent good run or to be overwhelmed by the hostile atmosphere inside the New Den.
Coventry travel to Millwall today for tonight's game with the hope of picking up points and to move out of the relegation zone, but with the Lions recent form of good back to back wins, 4-1 over Ipswich and 3-0 at Leicester, they will be in confident mood against a side that could only manage a 1-1 draw with lowly Doncaster.
Thorn though is buoyed by the fact that for the first time this season, he is in a position to select any senior player from his squad and one of the things that have held City back so far this season has been the lack of experience on the field.
Thorn, whose father is a Millwall fan, admitted to the CT: "It is a tough place to go and we will need men tomorrow night. We will still play our own game and football but it is important for us to be big and strong.
"It is the first time this season I have been able to get a full senior side out on the pitch so that will be good for us which I'm pleased about."
Thorn knows the New Den can be an intimidating place to play in and has urged his players not to be overwhelmed or frightened, but to continue playing in the confident manner in which they have done in most of their games this season.
He continued: "I am not frightened or even worried about going there. Yeah, it is a tough place to go with the reputation of the atmosphere, but we will rise above that.
"We should have won on Saturday and it is disappointing that we didn't but we just have to keep going. We have to keep the belief in what we are doing and keep defending, attacking the way we are. The signs were there on Saturday that it is coming together with Cody
(McDonald) improving all the time.
"We have to go down there and prove to ourselves what we can do and have a real go. Go toe-to-toe with them and I am sure our football will come through."