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Burnley beat Millwall 2-0 with goals late in each half but for home manager Gary Rowett he was pleased with how his side had played.

He saw his team go behind to a Josh Brownhill strike. “It was a wonderful strike,” Rowett said. “I didn’t think there was an awful lot in the game. I think Burnley are excellent at what they do but we know that. You go to press them and they turn balls round the corner into their front two and they make it so that you’ve got to be on your game all the time.

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“I felt first half at times when we played with good composure we ended up in good areas. I think overall we’ve had some reasonably good chances; I thought we created five or six good chances, probably more chances than we created in some of the other games but we get done by a wonder strike and get done by a counter attack at the end when we are leaving gaps pushing forward.

“It’s a strange one because I’m disappointed with the result but I felt the performance was better than the previous two cup rounds against a Premier League side so I’m probably actually happier this evening, which sounds really stupid, with the performance, just the small moments that make the difference. They were clinical and we weren’t perhaps quite so clinical.”

Speaking about the Clarets, he added: “They are excellent at what they do and whilst I didn’t think there was much in the game it’s a good lesson. They keep running, they keep closing down and they’re well organised. Obviously Sean’s got them well drilled and then they’ve got the quality to open you up when they need to. I thought we dealt with it well for most of the evening.”

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Sean Dyche must surely have turned out the youngest team he’s ever done as Burnley manager and that was a really pleasing aspect for him. He said after the game: “We have a challenge with injuries and signings, but the good sign of that, and one I am enjoying, is that it gives the young lads an opportunity to be with us a lot.

“They have been training with us a lot, through the back of lockdown last season and coming into this pre-season. They can only develop the more they train with us. The two centre backs are playing against good centre forwards every day in training and when it comes to game time they are using that and locking it in. “I think they were really good in pre-season, at Preston, and really good tonight, so I am really pleased for them.

“Josh (Benson) and Glenno (Anthony Glennon) also stuck at it and these are really good young men who are working hard and want a piece of it. Now they know how it feels, and they are the benefits. They are still very early in their stages of development to get towards the Premier League, but they are good pros and they deserve their chance.”

On winning through, he said: “Overall, I’m happy. “In the first half I thought we were off it and I reminded the players about that at half time. We scored a worldie through Josh, but it wasn’t good enough overall.

“In the second half I thought we were really good for the first part and created enough chances to score a few more goals, but credit to Millwall, they stayed in it and kept forcing it and with the big guy up front, they caused us trouble.

“They had a big chance that they didn’t take, and we went up the other end to clinch it, so overall it was a professional performance, albeit just a bit below par in the first half.”

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