Gary Rowett hails “important win” – and felt Lions could have led by more at break

Millwall manager Gary Rowett reckoned his side could have given themselves a more comfortable half-time cushion in today’s 1-0 victory over Hull City.

The Lions needed three points at the KCOM Stadium to breathe fresh life into their Championship top-six hopes and Ryan Leonard’s 30-yard screamer ensured they did.

Rowett said: “It was a big, important win. While we all want to play well and win comfortably, at this stage of the season the reality is that you’ve just got to try and get the three points.

“It was a good start for us and a great strike by Lenny. I made four or five changes just to give some players’ opportunities and see what they can do in that formation.

“That was young Billy Mitchell at right wing-back as well. It was a fantastic strike by Lenny. It’s something he has done in training a lot. He can add some goals to our team from that area, where we haven’t scored as many as we’d like.

“A couple of times in the first half we allowed Hull some chances. Bart made a really, really good save when we made a mistake with our distribution and switched off.

“We moved the ball really, really well – particularly down our left with Fergie and Mason we created some good opportunities. Lenny probably should have put us 2-0 up just before half time.

“The second half was a war of attrition. We didn’t pass the ball well and Hull just seemed to put more and more bodies into the box to try to find them. We saw it our pretty well.”


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