Sun 03 January 2021 | 8:54

‘We deserved to lose by more’ Rowett disappointed by Coventry defeat

Millwall boss insists that COVID-19 is not an excuse for his team’s weak performance against the Sky Blues.


's Jack Cooper scored an own goal in the 20th minute of their Saturday match against


. The Sky Blues managed to score the second goal in the 26th minute by Gustavo Hammer as Millwall were unable to register a single shot in the first half. Jed Wallace’s 74th-minute goal from a penalty-kick was not enough for

Gary Rowett’

s team to escape the defeat and the match ended in a 2-1 victory for Coventry. In a post-match interview, Rowett has spoken about the game and his team’s form.

“I thought it was a poor performance and to come in 2-0 down at half time probably flattered us,” said Rowett, whose side had Murray Wallace sent off in stoppage time.

“Coventry were excellent and showed what it takes sometimes to get a result. They were prepared to work their socks off and close down and get in our faces to make it difficult for us.

“I don’t think we did the same to them and it was a performance for me that lacked bravery. We were a yard off the pace all over the pitch.

“When we score we suddenly want the ball and start looking quite bright with a bit of zip about us but I’ve just said to the player we have to do that at 0-0 because that’s how you win games.

“The last 14 or 15 games we’ve not been good enough and it’s not acceptable. We’ve had eight players with Covid-19 in the last two weeks and five of them started today.

“I don’t know what the effect of that is but certainly we looked a bit off the pace physically. It certainly wasn’t the only factor though and it was a poor performance today – we deserved to lose by more.”

source: SportMob

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