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Thursday, November 1, 2012
Danny Shittu hopes that a deal can be struck to keep loan defender Mark Beevers at Millwall after the pair have struck up a promising partnership at the heart of the side’s defence.
Saturday’s trip to Nottingham Forest will be the Sheffield Wednesday player’s final game of a month-long spell for the Lions in which the south London side have embarked on a six-game unbeaten run.
That culminated with the 4-0 win over Huddersfield in the Championship on Saturday, which was the club’s first clean sheet of the season.
Millwall boss Kenny Jackett said aftewards that is hoping to speak to the Owls about extending the 22-year-old’s loan spell and Shittu is hoping his manager can pull it off.
“Everybody knows that, when it comes to centre-backs, it’s good that you build a relationship,” said the 32-year-old.
“We’ve played five games together and it will be a disappointment if he goes.
“Everyone has seen that we’re working well together and we know how each other play.
“We kept a clean sheet [against Huddersfield] and we’re going to build on it now.
“I hope the management sort it out.”
Shittu believes that the victory over the Terriers highlights the defensive work that has been put in on the training ground.
He said: “It shows the work that the gaffer does with us all week. We’re making sure we keep clean sheets, not just as a back four but as a team.
“The thing about our games is that the opposition have not been getting many chances, but they’ve scored from the chances they have got.
“We’ve been working on dealing with half chances.
“A clean sheet is a big thing and not just something I’m happy about, but the whole team.
“We want to start turning a lot of these draws that we’re having into wins. To play against Huddersfield and win 4-0 was a big thing.
“Jermaine Beckford is a top quality striker and for us to have kept him quiet means a lot.
“It’s about building the team and not just those starting but the people on the bench too.
“It’s a great feeling and I hope to build on that now.”