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Millwall boss summarises Rams raid

Rowett has his say

14 December 2019

Millwall boss Gary Rowett pointed out the positives and negatives of his side after steering The Lions to a 1-0 victory at Derby County on Saturday afternoon.

Tom Bradshaw's 25th-minute strike handed Millwall their third win in four away Sky Bet Championship matches and extended the club's unbeaten run to seven.

Speaking to millwallfc.co.uk after the game, Rowett told of his pleasure behind some aspects of the game, but also highlighted where The Lions could improve, despite victory.

"It was a different win to Bristol City," he said. "The team chose to sit in at the end of the game, and I was disappointed with the way we did that, but today was different.

"We didn't quite have that zip and quality about our performance, and for the first 5-10 minutes, we were poor. After such a top result, you wonder whether you can go again. Yesterday, there was a bit of sloppiness and fatigue, and we started like that in our performance.

"However, we grew into the game and when we got into our shape and deep transitions, we play some good football. Almost, the more the opposition have the ball, the more we press and the more we get into attacking areas."

Bradshaw's eighth goal of the campaign proved to be decisive, and the manager praised the finish, as well as his team's ability to limit a potent Derby side to just one shot on goal.

"We scored a really good - a really good finish from Bradders. We've been asking him to be a bit more threatening in those attacking areas, and it was a great touch to get the other side of his centre-half and a great finish.

"In the first-half we deserved it to a certain degree, and then looked fairly comfortable in the second-half. When you come to a place like Derby, who are unbeaten in nine before today, they had one deflected shot on target. We made it really difficult for them to break us down, but certainly the performance could've been better."

Watch Gary Rowett's full post-match interview from Pride Park above.


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