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Gary Rowett makes honest Millwall admission following Birmingham City draw

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Millwall boss Gary Rowett has admitted his side looked edgy and nervy during their 2-2 draw away at Birmingham City over the weekend.

The hosts led the match shortly after half-time with a 47th minute Juninho Bacuna strike, only for Oliver Burke to equalise in the 68th minute.

The Blues then took the lead with ten minutes remaining through a Lyle Taylor penalty – only for Benik Afobe to equalise in the 98th minute, a goal which was also from the spot kick.

Rowett, speaking after the match, admitted his side were not at their best as they go hunting for a play-off spot.

“We’re not the type of team that can go confidently moving the ball around. We’ve got to try and do everything well enough in the game and we didn’t quite do that well enough today,” he explained via News at Den.

“We looked a bit edgy, we looked a bit nervy.

“I can sort of understand that but if you want to get into the top six you’ve got to make sure you control those emotions, make sure you show that bit of composure at the right time.

“Look around the division, look around the results, so many teams are not managing to do what they want to do at the end of the season.”

The draw sees Millwall sitting seventh in the Championship table, three points behind Sheffield United in sixth.

And despite picking up a five point haul out of a possible nine since the start of the Easter weekend, it may not be enough in the end for the London outfit to smash their way into the top six come the end of the season.

With just two matches left to play, it’s Peterborough United up next for the Lions, who Rowett believes will give his side a tough game.

“We’re still in there. We’re four unbeaten now, our home form has been excellent,” Rowett continued.

“We’re playing against a Peterborough side that have been relegated today. We just have to go out there and take care of business.

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“It won’t be an easy game, it will be a tough game but we have to go out there and perform. If we can win that game we’ll have a look at results and see where we are.

“We know it’s out of our hands to a certain degree, but you know what, I can’t fault the effort of the players.

“The fans got behind us brilliantly. I’m just so, so pleased that at the very least they’ve seen a team fighting until the end of the season and trying to keep the season alive as long as we can.”

The Verdict

It was a disappointing result for Millwall away at Birmingham on Saturday.

Given their recent form, and the position they’re in chasing down a play-off place, dropping points to a side hovering just above the relegation zone is far from ideal.

With that being said, the Lions are still in it being just three behind Sheffield United.

They surely can’t afford to slip up against Peterborough United at home on Saturday, though.


BJTC accredited MA Multimedia Journalism graduate. Freelance Football Writer for FLW.

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