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Rowett on Hornets test

Read the manager's take...

14 July 2021

Gary Rowett was pleased with many aspects of Millwall's performance in their behind-closed-doors friendly against Watford on Wednesday afternoon.

Matt Smith and Murray Wallace found the target as The Lions were narrowly beaten 3-2 at The Hornets' training ground, with the boss expressing his thoughts on the fixture after the full-time whistle.

"It was a really good workout against a full-strength Watford side who have come back exactly the same time as us," he told "I thought it was an even game.

"In the first-half, both teams had chances - we probably had the better ones - but couldn't find that moment of composure in the final third. I was really pleased with a lot of what we did, but we then conceded a free-kick just before half-time, which was a fabulous strike.

"We responded really well in the second-half, though, changing the team. There were a couple of players not playing in their natural position that they're used to, but we score two good goals to go 2-1 up. We then concede a poor goal straight after that, however, which I was a bit disappointed with.

"We then had a few more good chances, but they scored with their one good chance at the end and it ends up 3-2. I'm not overly concerned about the result - I don't want to concede three goals, of course - but there were lots of good things.

"As long as I can see players remaining fit and things piecing together, then that's the main focus."

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