17 July 2024

We have to make them uncomfortable' - Gary Rowett analyses what Millwall  have to do to beat Leeds in lunchtime clash - Southwark News

Millwall boss Gary Rowett believes the scoreline in Leeds United’s 3-0 win at The Den was not a ‘fair reflection’ of the game on Sunday afternoon.

Rowett admitted Leeds’ attacking arsenal has the capacity to hurt any team and took the blame for second half substitutions which left the hosts open to counter-attacks.

The ex-Derby County and Stoke City manager felt Millwall had a handle on the game at certain points, matching Leeds in ‘periods and moments’.

“It felt a little bit harsh. Of course, you concede three goals and the opposition score three goals and don’t concede and of course a three-nil scoreline is what it is – it doesn’t look a fair reflection of the effort the players put in, in some of the moments and periods of the game,” Rowett told reporters after the game.

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“It’s a tough league the Championship, against teams like Leeds who have the ability to bring on players that they have, the likes of Gnonto, Summerville, Piroe, Rutter, and then suddenly you can bring on Dan James, you can bring on Anthony, Gelhardt – they’re obviously gonna hurt teams when there’s space on the pitch because that’s what they’re very, very good at.”

Leeds hit the hosts on the counter during the second half, scoring twice from fast breaks, including one strike, finished by Rutter, which began with a Millwall corner.

“We go from those periods of pressure where we’re doing a lot of things well and a lot of things right to concede a poor goal. I think you could look at lots of examples on both teams where players are going down with not a lot of contact and that’s not for me to pinpoint those moments but there was a challenge on [Kevin] Nisbet, the referee waved it on and then ten seconds later we concede the goal,” Rowett added.

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