RYAN Longman insists that the players know that results may be up and down while Millwall re-adjust to their new manager.
Joe Edwards enjoyed a flying start as Lions boss after leading the team to a 4-0 away win at Sheffield Wednesday in his first game in charge.
But Saturday brought the first hiccup of his reign as Coventry City took a comfortable 3-0 win away from The Den.
Longman, on loan from Hull City, was disappointed by Millwall’s underwhelming showing but said he understands that things could take a while to click.
He told NewsAtDen: “We’re going through a transition period and not everything is going to be perfect. Myself and the team are very disappointed about the game on Saturday. We thought we could go in there and win after a really good win against Sheffield Wednesday, we had really good momentum.
“We need to regroup, take the positives out the game. Because I think there were moments in the game, especially in the first 15, 20 minutes when we played really well, really good football and you can see the style the gaffer is trying to implement on the team. Obviously, it’s not going to happen overnight. It’s going to take a bit of time and a few games but hopefully the fans and everyone can see where we’re going.”
Ahead of the midweek game against Ipswich Town, Longman, 23, has started three of the last five games and is enjoying his football at the moment.
The midfielder said: “As a player, all you want to do is play. And to get that opportunity to start is a great privilege and it’s obviously nice for the new manager to put his trust in me for the last couple of games.
“I feel like he [Edwards] can really get the best out of me as a player individually and as a team. I think the boys all really enjoy it. We just obviously want to make the transition as quickly as possible so when we do come to the games we can go and get three points or get something out of the game at least.
“I’m probably just enjoying that freedom of going out and expressing myself and having that opportunity to that and having the minutes to play. That’s really good, I’m really enjoying it here.”
Longman’s best moment in a Millwall shirt so far was his stunning goal against Rotherham United in September when he cut in on his right foot and sent a stunning shot into the corner.
On scoring more screamers, he said: “I’m waiting for [more] as well. I’m going through a bit of a transition as well, obviously playing wing-back and then going back to winger. But I’m due another one so I’m hopefully going to get one as well.”