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Barrett reflects on Cardiff point and talks of excitement for new era

Caretaker boss has his say...

22 October 2019

Adam Barrett has spoken positively following his final match in his spell as Millwall caretaker manager, with The Lions playing out a 2-2 draw at The Den with Cardiff City.

Neil Warnock's side twice took the lead through Danny Ward and Junior Hoilett, but a Tom Bradshaw double - bringing his tally for the season to seven - secured a point as Barrett now hands the baton over to incoming manager Gary Rowett.

"We knew it was going to be a tough game - they were in the Premier League last year and Neil Warnock has done wonders with the club," Barrett says.

"I'm delighted for the boys who showed great character to come back, especially after Saturday's disappointment, to bounce back. It got a little bit edgy at times, but to claw ourselves back, I'm delighted with. I'm pleased with the point - it could have gone either way.

"It's been a tough two-and-a-half weeks, we've gone through every emotion with a great win against Leeds and clawing back for the draw tonight, but I think four points from three games was a good return. Especially with all that's gone on, I'm delighted with the boys."

The caretaker boss gives due praise to Bradshaw as well as Bartosz Bialkowski in particular, who again pulled off several impressive saves.

"We have a real good group in there. We'll keep believing, we'll stay strong - we had to do that tonight and we'll give them the belief to go on and keep working hard for one another.

"Bart made a couple of important saves again and he's really showing his worth at the moment, and as for Bradders, I've sung his praises for the last couple of weeks and he fully deserves it. He's a top, top professional; a great guy off the pitch; he works his socks off and he can finish, which he's certainly shown. Unfortunately he had the injury, but he's starting to show what we brought him to the club for now and that's to score important goals.

"To come through the tough time he's had, I'm delighted for him. A lot of people don't see what he and other players have gone through behind-the-scenes in their rehabilitation, and he's gone and got another couple of goals. I've known Bradders for a long time, played against him, and he has a really good all-round game."

Barrett finally declares how excited he is to begin working with Rowett and his staff, in what is a palatable new chapter at The Den.

"I think it's a really exciting time for the football club, it's going to be a fresh start with a new look coming in, and we have a really experienced manager at this level.

"I'm really looking forward to working with him and learning from him. I met him on Monday for the first time and I've been really impressed with himself, Callum and Joe coming in.

"Like I said, the lads have shown some of what we can do in this game, and I'm sure the new manager will look to come in and really move us forward."

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