Murray Wallace praised as Millwall’s defensive unit frustrates Fulham

BY RICHARD CAWLEY

Gary Rowett praised Murray Wallace’s performance in Millwall’s 1-1 draw with Fulham tonight.

The Lions limited the big-spending west London side to minimal scoring opportunities.

Aleksandar Mitrovic did beat Bart Bialkowski with less than three minutes played but it did not open the floodgates. Millwall levelled through Jon Dadi Bodvarsson in the seventh minute.

The only other major score came when Neeskens Kebano’s header came off the bar.

Jed Wallace missed a first-half penalty for Millwall after Joe Bryan fouled Mahlon Romeo.

Rowett switched to a 5-2-3 formation. He said: “We defended really well.

“It’s quite difficult because in the second half [Josh] Onomah was getting into those little pockets and our back three had to tactically make good decisions when they could step in and press or when they had to drop off and protect the space in behind.

“Muzza defended really, really well against Kamara. He has done it so well. He’s such an honest player and gives everything he has got. At times he isn’t a natural left wing-back in possession but he’s trying to do everything he can to help the team and stay in the team. He’s done it really well again tonight.

“Fulham are a good side and normally create a lot of chances. They had very few clearcut chances and we dealt with Mitrovic very, very well and the substitutes they brought on.

“We’ve got players who were giving everything and in games like that maybe we haven’t at times got that energy to bring off the bench to change the game in a positive way at times.

“It’s something we need to improve on when the starting 11 have had 60 or 70 minutes, then it’s that little extra impetus off the bench.”

Shaun Williams missed out with a hip injury.

“He’s probably going to be out for two or three weeks and young Browny [James Brown] has a thigh injury,” said Rowett.

“We had 19 players fit – 18 were involved.

“Fulham had about 32 players. We haven’t quite got those riches.”


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