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Millwall EDS boss Skinner focuses on the positives after Cardiff draw

11 January 2016

U21s manager Justin provides his post-match assessment

Millwall Elite Development Squad boss Justin Skinner believes that his side will learn from the experience of conceding a late goal in Monday's 1-1 draw with Cardiff City. 

Senior duo Lee Martin and Paris Cowan-Hall both started for The Lions, while midfielder Jack Powell, back from a loan spell with Braintree Town, was also on a teamsheet which included fit-again striker Jamie Philpot.

Skinner's side took the lead at Calmont Road when Kris Twardek nodded home after Philpot had headed Cowan-Hall's centre back across goal, but the visitors secured a draw when Macauley Southam netted in the dying seconds.

The result ended Millwall's seven-game winning run but Skinner had no complaints after the final whistle.

"I think in the end a draw was a fair result," he told millwallfc.co.uk

"Even though they had a lot of possession throughout the game we limited them to very few chances which was a positive.

"In the first-half, though, we didn't play to our recent standards. Having not played for three weeks we were a bit rusty and didn't quite get going as we would normally or I would like.

"But in the second-half we were a lot better, with more tempo going forward and creating more chances.

"We've been managing games really well but this time we gave away a goal in the last few minutes, which is a disappointment, but the boys will learn from that experience."

Millwall: King, Parr, Mbulu, Wood, Chesmain, Cowan-Hall, Powell, Farrell, Twardek, Martin (Eze, 80'), Philpot (Ndjoli, 75'). Subs not used: Girling, Brown, Donovan

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