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"It was unbelievable," says shot-stopper Bart on derby drama

Loanee on Saturday's superstar performance

11 November 2019

Whilst Millwall were victorious via a stoppage-time winner in Saturday's success over Charlton Athletic, at the other end, Lions goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski played a huge part in the win.

Since signing on a season-long-loan from Ipswich Town in August, the 32-year-old has produced a string of fine performances, very quickly endearing himself to the Den faithful in the process.

Always the first to own up to any error, Bialkowski was on the other end of the spectrum last weekend, stopping Macauley Bonne, Josh Cullen and Darren Pratley with magnificent saves to keep The Addicks' total to one and providing the base from which Millwall went on to win the game with.

"It was unbelievable," the beaming Pole told millwallfc.co.uk after the game when speaking about Matt Smith's late winner. "To win in that way, in the last minute, was unbelievable. This season, we have conceded goals in added time, so now we are on the other side, it's a great feeling - especially at home."

Around 15,000 Millwall fans drove Gary Rowett's side on to the three points against Lee Bowyer's team, and the goalkeeper praised the supporters in the part they played against Charlton, but played down his role in the victory.

"When we play well, when we're winning, the atmosphere is incredible. The fans are so important to us, away and at The Den, and they make it a tough place to come. We showed them that we have great character and desire, right from the start, and I think we deserved the win.

"I'm the last line of defence and trying to help the guys in front of me. Sometimes they help me out if I've done something wrong."

The Lions and Bialkowski now go into the third international break of the campaign in high spirits, with two weeks on the training pitch under Rowett to come - with the stopper lauding the new manager's methods.

"It's been very good [under Gary]. We are an organised team and he tries to keep us that way, putting across his ideas and playing the way he wants us to play, and it is working."


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