The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Dan Barnes

MILL­WALL might have won pro­mo­tion back to the Cham­pi­onship last sea­son, but By­ron Web­ster knows the fans won’t set­tle for sim­ply avoid­ing rel­e­ga­tion this term.

The Li­ons roared back via the play-offs, end­ing a two-year ex­ile in League One.

How­ever, while con­sol­i­da­tion will be the goal for Neil Har­ris’ men this sea­son, de­fender Web­ster doesn’t think ex­pec­ta­tion in the stands will be any less fer­vent.

“It will be ex­actly the same,” said the 30-year-old.

“They pay their money to come and watch us, and if we’re not per­form­ing they’ll tell us. I know that. All the boys know that and so do the fans.

“It’s a strange job we’re in. If I go to your work and start call­ing you ev­ery name un­der the sun, there could be a re­ac­tion.

“They come here and they can say what they want, but we can’t re­act. Our re­ac­tion has to be in a pos­i­tive way on the pitch.

“They’ll de­mand more from us and we’ll have to give that. They’re en­ti­tled to say what­ever they want.

“As a team, we need to stay to­gether and, hope­fully, it is a pos­i­tive. Hope­fully, there won’t be many times they can be neg­a­tive to­wards us.

“But there’s no pa­tience through­out the whole of foot­ball. You learn that from the top when man­agers get sacked willy nilly.

“Hope­fully, through­out the year, es­pe­cially dur­ing the downs, they can stick with us. Hope­fully, there are more pos­i­tives than neg­a­tives.”

Given the de­mands of the fans, Mill­wall is one of the tougher places to play, but Web­ster is rel­ish­ing the chal­lenge.

“At ev­ery club, there’s pres­sure, whether you’re fight­ing for sur­vival, ti­tles or pro­mo­tion,” he added.

“It can be a tough place, but it can also be a very good place.”

VIEW: By­ron Web­ster

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