Gallen hails Millwall's counter-attacking masterclass

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ASSISTANT boss Joe Gallen hailed Millwall's counter-attacking performance at Peterborough as one of their best of the season.

Goals from Hamer Bouazza, Andy Keogh and Harry Kane saw Kenny Jackett's side move eight points clear of the relegation zone with an emphatic 3-0 win.

And Gallen believes sticking to the gameplan was key to the Lions' success at London Road.

"It was an excellent performance tonight," he told the club's official website. "3-0 did it justice and if anything I thought we deserved a fourth.

"To bounce back from a disappointing result against Reading, where I thought we actually put in a decent performance, was just the tonic that we needed.

"In away games the team at home is always going to have spells of possession, and we thought that if we got into our shape and remained compact we could break up their attacks and counter.

"Peterborough are a very attacking team and push their full-backs on – which sometimes leaves the two centre-backs vulnerable. We had a game plan and it worked – and of course it helps when you score the first goal so early on.

"We were able to sit back and catch them on the break and that's what happened, especially in the second half."

Millwall's victory was made all the more impressive given they were without key quartet Darius Henderson, Liam Trotter, Jimmy Abdou and Shane Lowry, and Gallen was pleased to see the strength in depth of the Lions' squad pay dividends.

He added: "You're only as strong as your squad and that's the same for any team in any division. We've been playing games on a Saturday and a Tuesday for so long that we were always going to pick up injuries.

"It opens it up for other members of the squad to come in and stake a claim – that's what they've done this evening and hopefully that's what will happen again in the future."

Millwall travel to Nottingham Forest on Saturday for another critical clash against a struggling side and confidence will be high given the Lions' recent record away from home.

And while Gallen admits the club's poor form at home is frustrating, he says victories are welcome wherever they come.

"We need three points – draws aren't enough at the moment," he said. "We're disappointed with our results at home in front of our fans, who've been fantastic all season and backed us even when we haven't played particularly well.

"It would be great to put in some performances and win some games at home for them, but it hasn't quite worked out so far. Over the course of the season there are going to be times when the home form is right, then the away form – but the main thing is that we're picking up points.

"We spoke about these games being six-pointers and we'll go to Forest on the back of this result, one of our best performances of the season, and with a big following behind us – so who knows."



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