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Millwall coach Rowett satisfied with the draw against Watford

Wed 27 January 2021 | 10:06

Millwall head coach Gary Rowett was happy with a point at home after a goalless stalemate against Watford, having requested that his players see it like an away game.

The Lions had a poor run so far this season, with their last Championship triumph back in October against Luton, and they confronted an extreme test from their guests on Tuesday night. 

The Golden Boys have recently exhibited great performances, winning their last three league fixtures, and Rowett thinks although Watford is in the

Championship

nut they play with

Premier League

quality.

“I think if you look at them they’re a side that has got Premier League quality and a player in (Ismaila) Sarr who Liverpool supposedly bid £40million for and it wasn’t enough,” said the Lions manager.

“With Watford they don’t just pass the ball well but they can out-muscle you and we had to stand up to that.

“Our home form hasn’t been good so I spoke to the players before the game and told them to treat it like an away game. The challenge wasn’t to go and get on the front foot, I just felt we had to keep our shape.

“First half I think we did that well and we had a goal disallowed for offside that I think was probably level.

“Second half we had to hang on a little bit because we weren’t passing the ball well, but a clean sheet and a point at home is more where we feel we need to be.”

Watford head manager

Xisco Munoz

was similarly satisfied with sharing the points with Millwall as his side climbed to second place in the standings. 

The 40-year-old Spaniard appreciated seeing his strikers put in a hard fight in spite of missing their chance to turn the tide and is certain he can keep the remainder of his players adequately motivated to keep pushing for promotion.

“I think it was a very good performance in which we controlled the ball very well in both halves and created chances to score,” said Munoz.

“This is good momentum for us and I don’t want to make excuses but today was also difficult for our guys. They gave everything, though, so to them I say congratulations – they are winners to me.

“Millwall didn’t give us much space behind the line of defence but we continued to try and play in front of them until something happened. We had the chance but when it comes and you can’t score, that’s a problem.

“I am happy with my forwards because we play with counter-press and they worked very hard. It’s important that we continue to improve now. We have four wins and one draw in our last few games and if we continue to play like this, the results will continue.”

 

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