Millwall manager Gary Rowett: “We’re getting to stage where draws are a disappointment”

BY ALEX GRACE
Gary Rowett admitted his Millwall side are disappointed to keep drawing matches.
The Lions equalled their club record for draws – five – with a stalemate at Birmingham City today.
“We are getting to the stage where we are disappointed to keep drawing games,” said Rowett. “You can see that with the players, they are coming off the pitch thinking we have lost and that is testament to the expectation levels that they have raised.”
Injuries to key attacking players are mounting for Millwall with another game at Blackburn on Wednesday night.
“I think we are going through a little bit of a tougher spell right now in terms of creating chances and playing with enough fluidity to get into those areas more frequently,” said Rowett. “Most of that is quite clearly down to the players that are missing. There is not much we can do until those players come back, all we can do is dig in and find different ways to win games.
“Last season we won games with set-pieces, we won games where someone would do something out of nothing but at the moment we aren’t quite doing that. It’s another clean sheet, but we aren’t just sitting in hoping for a clean sheet we are trying to make things happen, we are trying to get into the final third and make changes to do that but I just felt the game today was a difficult game.”
Both sides had chances in the second half that could have secured all three points, Murray Wallace’s overhead kick produced a fine save from Neil Etheridge.
“I think that’s down to how physical Birmingham are and how hard they make the game,” said Rowett. “They are playing forward to Jutkiewicz – lots of balls into the box, long throws, corners, set pieces, I just felt we needed to do a little bit more to break that routine.
“Overall I think both teams had one big chance each – Pedersen for Birmingham and Murray Wallace for us with the overhead kick. The keeper makes a terrific save , probably the best save of the game and if that nestles in the corner then we are talking about a good away performance, we are disappointed to keep drawing, we aren’t trying to keep drawing games.”

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