The puzzle why Millwall seem to perform better against top sides boss gives opinion | – Southwark News

The Lions have defeated the likes of Leeds, Preston and Derby this season, but lost to Wigan and Barnsley

Gary Rowett has explained why Millwall seem to perform better against the top sides in the Championship after seeing the Lions lose 1-0 at lowly Wigan.

Millwall have defeated Leeds, Preston and Derby this season, but lost to the Latics and Barnsley as well as dropping points against other relegation-threatened teams such as Luton and Huddersfield.

Quite honestly, its fairly straight forward, Rowett said. When youre playing against teams that are technically better than you at times it gives you opportunities, you know you have to defend well, you know you have to get your shape right, you know youve got to be at it.

Then, when youre playing teams of a similar ilk, like Barnsley, like Wigan, you have to try make the running and make the game happen. And sometimes those games are harder, when you dont have those moments of individual brilliance that you rely on. Thats something we have got to be better at, something we have got to do much better.

If you looked at the Preston performance we were forceful, we were running forward, we out-ran Preston and not many teams do that. Today we just looked like we were waiting for the game, I didnt see anyone burst forward with any real intent and that was the frustration for me.

The question Ive asked the players is are we happy with where we are? Are we happy with mid-table? Theyve worked incredibly hard to get us into this position but for me thats not enough, we have to work a bit harder to have a bit more ambition than what we had today.

After Ryan Woods appeared to be fouled inside the box in the first half only for referee Jeremy Simpson to give a free-kick, Mason Bennett thought he should have had a late penalty when his effort hit Cedric Kipre.

Rowett said: I didnt think that was a penalty, the first one was. Its hit the arm of Kipre but hes a yard away, theres no way he can get out of the way of it. He hasnt raised his arm, the ball is kicked up and its hit his arm.

Its unfortunate but its not a penalty. Im not surprised the referee hasnt given the penalties, especially the first one, its a tough one, if he sees the replay then he might have given it. Its a difficult situation.

Then again that might have been the bit of luck that we needed to get our noses in front and give us a chance in the game, but you cant wait for them, you have to create them and it took us around 60 minutes to do that.

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