Trotter: Millwall happy to win ugly after Derby triumph

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LIAM Trotter insisted Millwall are happy to win ugly after grinding out a 2-1 victory over Derby at The Den on Saturday.

The Lions beat the Rams to climb to tenth in the Championship table and while Trotter admitted the game was not one for the purists, he was delighted to see the club's unbeaten run extended to nine matches.

"It was a bit of a scrappy game," he said. "It probably wasn't very easy on the eye, but we are very happy to come away with the three points.

"It has kept our good run going and our good form. I think we deserved to win. I thought we were the better team for most of the game and had the better chances."

Liam Feeney's opening goal, which was initially ruled out for offside but then allowed to stand, was a major talking point afterwards but Trotter felt it was a well-worked move.

"I don't remember too much of the first goal," he said. "I remember the cross but because of  the whole offside thing, I forget how it all went.

"But it was a good goal and it was a great finish by Liam at the back stick. He deserved that because he worked hard.

"He has been out of the team and he came in and did well. It was a good team goal but I would have to see it again [before commenting on the decision]."

Derby boss Nigel Clough felt that his team should have had a penalty when Danny Shittu appeared to trip former Lions striker Theo Robinson inside the area, but Trotter felt Robinson went down too easily.

"From my angle, Danny didn't put his foot in at all," he said. "I wasn't on the spot but from the angle I saw, it looked like Robinson thought the tackle was coming and tried to jump over it.

"The tackle never came and he lost his balance and went down. I don't think there was too many complaints from Theo, but I'm not sure if it was a dive.

"I didn't see Danny's foot come off the ground so I don't see how that could have been a penalty."

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