BY ALEX GRACE
Gary Rowett said his Millwall team must “lick our wounds” and move on after Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at Huddersfield.
The Lions saw their four-match winning run end but, despite that, Rowett felt his side fought a fairly even contest in West Yorkshire.
“I don’t think we defended poorly,” said Rowett “There were some moments when we needed to do better.
“I wasn’t looking at the game and saying that Huddersfield had lots and lots and lots of chances. It was quite a tight game. It was quite an attritional game. They did it quite well, they slowed the game down, and they managed the game well.”
There was eight minutes of added time at the end of the game. Zian Flemming has emerged as one of Millwall’s key throw-in takers in advanced positions, and his use of a towel to dry the ball beforehand was of amusement to the home support, who made it their aim to disrupt the Dutchman’s efforts.
“The ref added plenty of time on, but I was surprised he didn’t hand out the yellow card at any point [for time-wasting],” said Rowett.
“Look, I’ve not got a problem with it. They were clearly slowing the game down. One of the fans took one of the towels and took it home as a souvenir, and the officials said we don’t know what happened to it. Well, I saw what happened to it. It was pretty obvious, but again I’ve got no problem.
“I’m not complaining, but you then hope the officials deal with it, and we might get another 30 seconds or a minute to see if we can score, but the reality today is we could have had an extra five minutes, and we probably still wouldn’t have got that goal.
“We must accept that, lick our wounds, walk away and take it on the chin.”
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