• By Yann Tear

Millwall boss eager to work on new material as he plans ahead for next season's Championship tilt


Gary Rowett has vowed to experiment with personnel, formation and approach in the final games of the season as part of early preparations for next term.

The Lions came away with a deserved point from a 0-0 draw with promotion-chasing Brentford Saturday lunchtime and once again showed they can mix it with the best the division has to offer.

But the Millwall boss does not intend to coast in seeing out the remainder of the fixture list and wants to make the most of the opportunity to try new things while the pressure is off. His hand is also partly forced by injuries to Ken Zahore, Matt Smith and Ben Thompson, which may have ended their seasons prematurely.

"We are just trying to get as much out of our season as we can and learn what we can," Rowett said.

"Of course we want to finish as high as we can with as many points as we can, but for me it's more important that we go into the summer knowing exactly what's required next season.

"With that, there comes a time when we have to try one or two different things and I thought we did some of those things well today and there are other things we need to get a little bit better at.

"We've got to find a few things out and if we can get one or two results along the way, fabulous."

The Lions boss continued: "There's no pressure on us, but I'm pleased with the players. It's a game where we've not got much to play for. We could come here and be demotivated and question the desire of the players, but once again we've come and been competitive.

"We've drawn with Norwich twice, Brentford twice, we've drawn with Watford, we've drawn with Bournemouth and we've been very good in these types of games.

"The next little bit is something we're hoping to achieve next season - that's the challenge.

"If I can stand here at the end of the season and say I've finished eighth or ninth, in truth for me, if it's not the top six, it's kind of neither here nor there in my mind. For me, it's about learning."

The Wall were full value for their point as they frustrated the hosts and carved out moments of danger themselves.

"I'm pretty pleased," he said. "I thought we started really well in the first half - created some really bright bits.

I thought there were some good moments and we moved the ball pretty well.

"You know that coming here you have to be defensively diligent because they are such a technical team with an attacking threat and I thought we did that really well.

"We came strong as the game wore on and maybe could have nicked it at the end.

"They are a difficult side to play against so to come away with a clean sheet and I think Bart [Bialkowski] having to make only one save, was good We were very diligent, kept our shape and put them under pressure last 15-20 minutes.