Gallen "hugely relieved" after Millwall snatch Watford win

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© Edmund Boyden

JOE Gallen admitted he was hugely relieved after Millwall won their first league game at The Den since New Year's Day against Watford on Tuesday night.

Shaun Batt bundled in the winner seven minutes from time to edge the Lions four points clear of the relegation zone with two games in hand on many of the teams around them.

And assistant manager Gallen admitted victory over the Hornets had been crucial, given that Wolves and Blackburn picked up maximum points on a busy evening of Championship action.

"It's a huge relief, that's the first thing," he said. "With the way other results have gone again, had we not got three points, I wouldn't be sitting here in such a jovial manner.

"We didn't have many chances – they did – and our 'keeper did well. Andy Keogh had a chance in the first-half but the real clear-cut one fell to Shaun, and I'm very pleased that we managed to score.

"The games are building up a little bit and fatigue can set in physically but more so emotionally after an FA Cup semi-final, so we looked lacklustre in the first-half.

"But we seemed to galvanise in the second-half and have more energy as the game went on. The fans seized on that and fuelled it really with some noise. That was a key factor in our win."

Batt was recently recalled from a loan spell at Leyton Orient and Gallen thinks the striker has hugely benefited from his time at Brisbane Road.

"Shaun went out to improve his fitness and, through that, boost his confidence," Gallen said. "Even when he came on in a previous game, you could see that he had improved.

"He does have that impact as sub. As soon as he came on, he put in a really clever cross within the first ten seconds. He's got power and pace. The ball dropped to him tonight in a good position."

Gallen insisted it had been easy to ignore recent negative media coverage of the club during the last 72 hours: "We've got so many games and we're in a relegation battle," he said.

"We're trying to get enough points to keep the club up and, personally speaking, to make sure I still have a job. If we get relegated, I don't think that's going to be the case next season!"

But the Millwall assistant believes it will take one more victory to secure Championship survival. He said: "I thought a few weeks ago that 57 or 58 points would be enough – I still don't know.

"What I do know is that we have two six-pointers coming up against Huddersfield and Blackburn. I suppose a win on Saturday, I would have thought, takes us away from Huddersfield onto 58."

Conor Sefton

(@ConorSeftonNAD)

13 thoughts on “Gallen "hugely relieved" after Millwall snatch Watford win

  • April 16, 2013 at 23:38
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    It's tight as arseholes is this poxy division wether your up the top or down the bottom.
    I reckon another win aswel.not sure it'll come on Saturday but stranger things have happened. Make no mistake we were s*** tonight and got away with murder. But at least we can go to work happier to be millwall tomorrow. No grief tonight cause their was hardly anyone there, reckon must of been 7 no more than 8000 very good turn out from Watford 18/1900. Must add, the shitt is looking fcuked, fingers crossed he don't do himself in.
    COYL miiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiilllllllllllllll

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    • April 17, 2013 at 00:02
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      Luke, here's an interesting conundrum for yer! Any thoughts?

      Table based on Games vs teams in top half
      P W D L CS FTS GF GA GD Pts PtsPGame
      1 Cardiff City 20 10 4 6 9 4 27 22 +5 34 1.70
      2 Watford 20 10 3 7 5 4 35 24 +11 33 1.65
      3 Millwall 20 9 5 6 7 6 24 20 +4 32 1.60
      4 Hull City 21 10 3 8 8 6 26 25 +1 33 1.57

      Table based on Games vs teams in bottom half
      22 Millwall 21 6 5 10 4 6 26 35 -9 23 1.10
      23 Bristol City 21 5 4 12 1 8 28 42 -14 19 0.90
      24 Barnsley 21 4 6 11 2 4 25 33 -8 18 0.86

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      • April 17, 2013 at 06:00
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        Very interesting lion, glad we have Forrest and palace to play ; )
        Be interesting to see if there's much difference to those tables for home games and away games.

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      • April 17, 2013 at 09:11
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        Its the same every year, we always seem to be able to raise our game against the better teams but then lose (usually at home ) to the bottom teams.

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  • April 16, 2013 at 23:47
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    Very interesting comment about his job, maybe berylson has had a word with the management?

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    • April 16, 2013 at 23:58
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      I hope so 82 we can't keep watching that s*** mate someone or something has to give sooner or later, surely ?

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  • April 17, 2013 at 08:57
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    We need to get to safety, then Wall have to get a couple of quality players, trotters going for 2 mil that's got to be our striker sorted, we need someone to take trotters roll, we ain't a million miles away from a good side, Send back the loans jog the dead wood on and freshen up, 3 points will do us out of 5 game left COYL

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    • April 17, 2013 at 09:23
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      I'd like to know who'd be willing to pay 2mil for Trotter, its not like its only a current dip in form he has been like it for more than half the season, more like 2bob. Agree its going to cost 1-2 mil to get a striker who knows where the goal is and what its for, but we also need someone in CM who has a footballing brain and can put his foot on the ball, string a few passes together and create the chances for our new (hopefully) lethal weapon to put away."We are not a million miles from good side" but we are a few mil away.

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  • April 17, 2013 at 09:29
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    2 million in our f****** dreams! Did make me laugh though.

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    • April 17, 2013 at 10:22
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      Thats old twitchy spreading rumours about Trotter just hope they dont mean a swap for Hulse...... yes we where lucky ...do we care No we don't... spot on about your job Joe someone has to change the way we play at home, is that going to be you? hope so mate it certainley isnt good enough , for the last two seasons we have been utter pony at home. 3 more should do it I recon we will get a load more than that....topped off with a nice little stuffing for the Nigels dropping them out of the top six...Oh yes!

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