Millwall midfielder Williams: Rotherham defender hinted at guilt over lunge at keeper

SHAUN Williams said Millwall would take the positives from their 0-0 draw with Rotherham on Saturday ahead of their trip to Swansea next weekend.

The Lions kept a third clean sheet in six league games but missed out on all three points after Lee Gregory scuffed wide late on.

Williams dismissed a question over whether the high of the previous weekend’s FA Cup win over Everton had contributed to a disappointing performance.



“No because I think that the dressing room we have don’t get carried away or ahead of ourselves,” Williams said. “We look to put a performance on for the next game.

“It was probably two points lost with the chance at the end but we can build on a clean sheet. It was a scrappy game, there was no quality in it bar set-plays. It was frustrating.

“I thought the back four and the goalkeeper were commanding. We can build on it and create more chances than we did today. There are definitely a lot of positives.



“They’re a difficult team to play against, they’ve a lot of big players. They played a centre-half in midfield to come for a point.

“In terms of chances there wasn’t an awful lot in the game. Then again you might only need one chance to score and unfortunately we didn’t.

“Last week we scored three from set-pieces so we’ll keep working away on it.”

Lions boss Neil Harris felt Richard Wood should have seen a red card rather than yellow for a lunge at Jordan Archer.

Williams agreed. “Yeah I think he should have been sent off. Jordan’s caught it and I know it’s a split second but he knew it was going into his hands and he still jumped towards him. It looked like he jumped on his face.

“When I saw it I thought he was never going to get it because it was practically in [Archer’s] hands. As Wood said himself he wouldn’t have been happy either, he kind of knew himself that it wasn’t right.”

Millwall have played a 4-3-3 formation in the last three games with Ben Thompson and Ryan Leonard joining Williams in midfield against the Millers.

Williams feels Millwall are seeing the benefit of Thompson’s loan spell with Portsmouth in the first half of the season.

“He seems to be enjoying himself so far,” Williams said. “He has continued from where he left off and he brings added quality to the squad. He seems as though he’s settled in straightaway.

“He came back in great form after being with Portsmouth and they’re struggling now without him.

“I think it’s more compact in the middle, there are more options to pass it instead of looking for a direct approach. I thoroughly enjoyed it.”

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