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Rowett on "game of two halves" in Hull success

The gaffer has his say...

11 July 2020

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Gary Rowett explained that Millwall's first-half performance was enough to win Saturday's Sky Bet Championship game against Hull City at the KCOM Stadium.

Ryan Leonard's second-minute long-range strike secured a vital win on the road for The Lions, and the boss summed up "a game of two halves" after seeing his team move to within two points of sixth-placed Cardiff City with three matches remaining.

"We're away from home and they're fighting for their lives - it was always going to be a tough game," the boss told

"In the first-half I thought we made some good passing moves, controlled the ball very well and had a lot of possession, especially down our left-hand side with Mason and Fergie linking well. We got into some great positions and the goal was a part of one of those moves.

"I didn't quite expect it to look so dangerous when it was on Lenny's foot from 30 yards out, but he has got a great strike on him. That's why he played today, to see if he could give us a little bit more of a goal threat alongside Woodsy. That's not an area where we have scored as many goals as we would've liked from.

"It was a wonderful strike that deserved to win any game. We had a couple of moments where Bart had to make some good saves, especially one in the first-half where we switched off from their goalkeeper's quick distribution.

"In the second-half, we needed to move the ball with a touch more composure, quality and calmness. If we would've done that then we would've seen the game out quite easily, but we kept giving the ball away and kept giving them the chance to launch the ball into our box, which looked like their main chance of getting back into the game. We dealt with that OK, though.

"Overall, it was a game of two halves, but in the first-half alone we were good enough to win the game."

You can listen to the full interview with Gary Rowett by clicking play on the video above.

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