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Bialkowski: "The boys worked unbelievably hard"

Goalkeeper in high spirits following victory and clean sheet

19 August 2019

Bartosz Bialkowski has spoken in glowing terms of the display from both his teammates and the supporters after 10-man Millwall secured a 1-0 Sky Bet Championship win over previous leaders Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday afternoon.

The Polish international pulled off a string of saves to earn his second clean sheet of the season, and lauds the work-rate of his teammates to graft for the three points.

"It was unbelievable for us," Bialkowski told millwallfc.co.uk.

"As soon as Jed [Wallace] was sent off, we knew it would be a tough second half, but the boys worked unbelievably hard. We showed we can get good results against very good teams, even with 10 men.

"They have some quality in their team so it was a tough game throughout - even with 11 - but it was a great performance and win."

The goalkeeper gives an insight as to the motivational words spoken to the players by manager Neil Harris, as The Lions moved onto seven League points from three games.

"The manager told us to enjoy it and work hard. We've shown that we can compete against anyone, and we were out to be happy and enjoy the feeling of a good result at 5pm.

"We had to work even harder after losing a man, of course, but we knew to keep it simple, not overcomplicate anything, and just keep it solid in our defensive half.

"I felt comfortable before and during the game personally, and it was nice to make a few saves to help the side."

Yet to concede a goal at The Den this campaign with maximum points, Bialkowski speaks of how vital home form is to a positive season in South London.

"When I was at Ipswich and we got into the Play-Offs, we had unbelievable home form.

"The home form is key for us, it's massive. We've managed to secure two 1-0 victories from two matches at The Den so far, so you couldn't ask for more.

"The atmosphere on Saturday was even better than against Preston - the fans were unbelievable. Even though we played with 10 men, we actually played with 11 with the support we had. They gave us such a lift, they were right behind us, we were doing well and we need to make The Den a fortress."


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