Millwall skipper: 'It's going to be a long two weeks until Sunderland clash'

TONY Craig admitted it’s going to be a “long two weeks” for Millwall after their 1-0 home defeat to Burton before the international break.

The Lions produced a drab performance as Marvin Sordell scored the only goal of the game to give the Brewers their first away win in the league this season.

The result dropped Millwall to 19th in the Championship table before their next competitive fixture at Sunderland on November 18.

Millwall lost for the seventh time this season, after Jed Wallace’s red card handed the initiative to Burton at the weekend.

“I presumed it was going to be a yellow card,” Craig said. “I was walking back and then saw the ref give the red card. He’s made his decision and you have to accept that.

“We had a lot of momentum going forward and opportunities but that gives them an incentive. They capitalised on that within 10 minutes and then we’re chasing the game.

“It’s going to be a long two weeks but we’ll work hard and we can’t wait for the game at Sunderland. We’ve got to work on stuff from front to back. We’ve got a good group here who stick together.”

Lions boss Neil Harris was critical of Millwall’s attacking players after a seventh blank in 15 league games this season.

But Craig refused to add to the criticism.

He said: “We had a few opportunities today but unfortunately didn’t capitalise. We’ve got a group here who are working day-in, day-out to improve their game.

“Once one goes on they will all follow.

“We’ve had some highs and lows. That’s football, we knew what was coming this season in the Championship.

“It’s a great experience for everyone, we’re trying to find our feet and we’ll go on to the next one now.”

Craig, 32, started his first league game of the season at the weekend with Jake Cooper serving a one-match ban.

And Millwall’s club captain hopes he has put himself in the frame to start at the Stadium of Light after being disappointed to lose his first-team spot this season.

“It’s part and parcel of football, you take the rough with the smooth,” he said. “I’ve got to be patient and when the chance comes I’ve got to take it.

“Hopefully I gave the gaffer a decision to make.

“From a a personal point of view it was very good to start the game today. The first 10 minutes it took me a little while to get going but after that I settled in well.”

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John Kelly