Potential Shaun Williams' suspension could hasten Millwall's bid to sign midfielder

MILLWALL could “accelerate” their process to try to sign a midfielder with Shaun Williams set to face a three-game ban after he was sent off at Stoke on Saturday.

Williams was dismissed for a challenge on Liam Lindsay in the 85th minute of the 0-0 draw. Lions boss Gary Rowett will watch the incident back to judge whether it’s worth appealing.

If Williams is banned then Millwall have just Jayson Molumby and Billy Mitchell as midfield options.

“I’m not just saying this now but I haven’t seen the incident again,” Rowett said. “You know with the momentum of the challenge and the fact that everyone rushes towards the player, the crowd get animated, it’s going to be one that could possibly be a red card.

“Whether he’s led with the arm, I couldn’t see, or whether it’s the impact. But I think when you try to win the ball with that force and you don’t win it there’s always that risk. I think he might have his arm up to protect himself, but again that’s dangerous. I’ll have to watch it back.

“My first thought was, was Lindsay alright because it looked like he went down quite hard. I don’t think there was anything particularly intentional. Maybe he deserved it, I’ll have to watch it back.

“It was an area we’re looking to strengthen anyway. This transfer window is a difficult window to get the right players. You can sign players, but trying to sign the right players probably takes more patience and hard work.

“Maybe that process perhaps will be accelerated a touch. We’ve got young Billy who did really well in the cup but I think we probably need another body in there anyway.”

Millwall stretched their unbeaten away run to six games after the stalemate against Rowett’s former club.

Rowett added: “It was a difficult game, a poor game in terms of a spectacle. That’s what the Championship is like sometimes, the wind swirls around this stadium and makes it so difficult.

“First half we probably tried to over-play to get into the positions we wanted to. Stoke were probably more direct than we had expected them to be to get into the positions they wanted to.

“Second half was probably the opposite, we then become direct because we’re not making the extra pass, and Stoke started to get a little bit more control of the ball.

“I’d like to see us use the ball better but what we have got is incredible spirit and determination to get results. We’ve had some difficult games.

“When we came in it was a challenge to try to improve the away form. I think we’ve certainly gone a long way to doing that.

“Today’s game was tough, certainly one that I’m not going to particularly relish watching back.”

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John Kelly