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Millwall Boss: On another day we could have got a draw

November 5, 2018

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Chris was impressed with the response of his players. "Improvements most certainly.  There are definitely improvements there and after suffering two big ones back-to-back I wanted to see my players work harder and to be fair to them they have worked their socks off in that game and I don’t think anyone out there have less than 100% today, so I’m pleased with the improvements and the response from my team today."


On another day, Millwall score their chances and Chris was frustrated that it wasn't today. "Yeah it is frustrating, I feel you’re right Harry.  We brought Lia and Annie on, I think they were extremely positive once they came on and we’ve created 5 or 6 really good chances and on another day the one that hits the post goes in and then the one that bounces out, Evie gets her toe to it, then you’ve got yourself two goals.  It’s very frustrating."


Teni Charles made her first start for Millwall and Chris was impressed with her performance. "I thought Teni played really well, it’s her first start for the club and it’s the first time she has played at this level.  I think it will be one of our success stories as we were one of the only clubs to run an open trial for the first team and Teni is a product of that and like you’ve said she’s done a good job today at right back so well done to her."


Chris credited Teni's character to slot in like she did and said all the girls are like this."It’s the same with all the girls, there are some that haven’t kicked a ball for the first team and some that have had little game time but his group are all together and they all believe in each other and the ones that are on the bench or not even in the squad support the 11 on the field, so I can’t ask for more from my team."


Despite a much better performance from the players, Chris still slammed errors that lead to the two Villa goals."I would agree that the first half there was tactically nothing in it.  The goals have come from two slight errors from us and at this level you’re going to get punished.  The first goal we have allowed them to double up on us down the right and allowed them to get a cross in and the second one we’ve allowed her to cut inside and open her body up and the player has stuck it top bins."


Chris gave Gabby individual praise for her work rate, but said as a team they have worked incredibly hard today. "I thought Gabby was fantastic.  Obviously last week we started her on the bench as she had the flu, but then she has come to training and worked her backside off, proved to me she was fit and put in a shift for us, but so have the rest of the team.  No one under performed today."


With an international break now, the Millwall boss looks to re-organise and get his team ready for the Durham clash. "We’ve got a few away ourselves with the youth England sides, but I’ve tried to set up a friendly for us next week behind closed doors and we work hard in our training and have a game next week to keep the girls ticking over and then be ready for Durham in the next match."

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