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The manager reacts to last-gasp success

Hear from Gary Rowett...

28 August 2021

Millwall boss Gary Rowett was pleased to gain The Lions' first Sky Bet Championship win of the season on Saturday afternoon - no matter how it came.

Jed Wallace's superb free-kick and Jake Cooper's last-minute winner secured a 2-1 victory over 10-man Blackpool in SE16, after Shayne Lavery had given The Tangerines the lead and Callum Connolly was sent off early on.

Speaking to, the manager summarised the game.

"I thought we started quite well," he said. "We put good balls into good areas, one of them causes the sending off, which is clear, in my opinion. Sometimes, though, that makes the game harder. Especially against a side like Blackpool - Neil has got them really well organised and they have a lot of pace in the team.

"They sat in and kept trying to counter, and they always looked as though that might've got something. We got into some good positions but didn't make enough of them, and we looked a bit edgy on the back of a couple of poor results.

"But, they kept trying, they kept moving the ball and putting it into good areas. We just maybe did it a little bit too slowly. Jed comes us trumps again with a great free-kick, then he puts a fantastic ball in on the turn for Coops to head home the winner.

"It's a nice way to win the game. Sometimes, because you don't play so well you feel for the opposition - I feel for Neil a bit because they've done really well, but for us, it was about getting that first win. It doesn't matter how it came - I'd like it to have came in a more complete performance, but we won the game."

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