We’d put some good performances in at home
Millwall boss Gary Rowett was far from happy with his team’s performance on what was first appearance at Turf Moor since he brought his Birmingham team and earned a 2-2 draw in our first home game of the 2015/16 season.
“Really disappointed,” he said of his team’s performance tonight. “We actually held our shape tactically in the first half. Our front three made it very, very difficult for them to play through us. They’ve got good quality, they move the ball around and they sort of keep looking for those openings.
“Get in at half time 0-0 when we’ve had a couple of moments and defended well. Then at the start of the second half we have a ten minute spell when we actually started to really come into the game. We got into some excellent positions and had a few shots on target.
“Then they virtually go down the other end and score a goal where we’ve got a defensive shape. The ball comes in the box, I think Rodriguez reacts quicker than our defenders.
“There’s always a chance at 1-0 down, but what you can’t do again, we’re just about to make three substitutions to bring a little speed and attacking quality off the bench and we concede just before it.
“We’ve had three years of being really defensively solid as a team, not just the defenders, but as a team. This season we haven’t done that. We’ve conceded too many goals. I’ve got to find solutions. As a manager, I’m disappointed.”
It was a first home clean sheet too and he said of that: “My defender’s heart was particularly pleased with that. Millwall doesn’t give you an easy clean sheet. They have strong players coming in for flick ons, we had to deal with that. The players battled for the clean sheet, it was a team effort. The lads deserved it. I thought they were brave, winning second balls. It’s something that worked well for us today.”
He had good news on Nathan Tella too. “There are no concerns for Nathan,” he confirmed. “You do 97 sprints a game you know, cramp, that happens. You can’t underestimate how much he opens up space for his team mates. He takes a lot of knocks. We need to make sure we keep him fit.
“Aro we have to see. We did a scan, there was no structural damage. He’s a tough guy. We will have to see.”Follow UpTheClarets:
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