Trotter: We played the better football

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MILLWALL midfielder Liam Trotter believes the Lions can take great heart from their performance at Upton Park, despite their 2-1 defeat to West Ham.

Trotter scored a sublime equaliser to draw the visitors level midway through the second half, only for Winston Reid to fire a controversial winner less than three minutes later as the ten-man Hammers triumphed.

But the 23-year-old is confident Millwall can stay up.

"That's the way it goes when you're at the bottom," he said. "We are at the bottom and they are top – and sometimes decisions like that go against you and it falls their way.

"Even so, the strike was incredible. With that, nine times out of 10 – and no disrespect to him – that goes into row Z. But we can't reflect on that, we didn't do enough.

"But there's lots to be positive about. At 11 against 11 we were on top. West Ham only really looked to hit it to Cole and make it stick. We played the better football and I am confident we can kick on and push up the league soon."

Kiwi defender Reid, speaking to West Ham's official website, said of his winning strike:

"I think Julien [Faubert] went into their goalie and it fell out to me and all of a sudden it got to me and I finished it off. Obviously I like to chip in whenever I can scoring goals and obviously this was an important goal for the team and we got three points.

"We had to win so it was good to keep putting pressure on the other teams at the top."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

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