Wigan draw shows Lions still have lots to learn

It was always going to be hard to go again after Saturday’s excellent result in South Wales and the game on Tuesday night did feel a little flat.

Millwall had to twice come from behind to take a point from Wigan Athletic on Tuesday night. Gary Rowett said after the game he was “not happy with a point but, our performance didn’t merit three points.”

An honest admission from the Millwall manager who has now taken a total of 10 points from his first five games in charge which is not a bad return. He has also managed to lead the Lions to a first away win in the league for eight months. So all in all he will happy with the start he’s made.

Tuesday night’s result leaves the club five points behind Swansea who occupy the final play-off final place. Meanwhile they sit nine clear of Wigan in the final relegation place.

The Impact of Matt Smith must be given a mention. The big striker scored Millwall’s second equaliser of the game and for the second home game on the trot he came off the bench to make an impact. He scored the winner against Charlton before the international break and made an impact on Tuesday night.

That led to Gary Rowett saying in his post-match news conference that “he can feel unlucky not to be a regular stater.”

Rowett will be disappointed with the start his side made to the game. It took them 20 minutes to settle into Tuesday night’s game. Wigan were in front after just three minutes.  A poor start at home under Rowett had yet to be seen but The Den was silenced just three minutes in on Tuesday night. Anthony Pilkington curled home a beautiful effort from outside the box into the net in front on 165 travelling Latics fans.

The start of the second half would have conceded Rowett as well as Wigan again scored early in the half. Just 11 minutes into it.

The Lions head to one of Rowett’s former clubs this weekend, Birmingham City. Millwall  have a woeful away record but can take heart they won their last away trip and have won their last three at St Andrews.

Picture: Millwall FC

Published by Alex Grace

I am 21 years old and an aspiring football reporter. I have been writing reports for football since I was 15.

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