Millwall boss proud of ‘very pleasing clean sheet’ after holding Norwich to goalless draw

Norwich head coach Daniel Farke and Millwall manager Gary Rowett shake hands at the end of the Sky B

Norwich head coach Daniel Farke and Millwall manager Gary Rowett shake hands at the end of the Sky Bet Championship match at Carrow Road Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Gary Rowett was proud of his Millwall players after earning a ‘very pleasing clean sheet’ as they held Norwich City to a 0-0 draw at Carrow Road.

The Lions have made a strong start to the season and have been among the most consistent Championship sides since the former Birmingham and Derby boss took over in October 2019.

However, they arrived on the back of a 3-0 home defeat to Huddersfield and were without forwards Kenneth Zohore and Troy Parrott through injury, on loan from West Brom and Tottenham respectively, while Rowett decided to drop fellow striker Tom Bradshaw out of his squad completely.

“Since we have been here we have never lost two games on the trot and I am delighted we still have that record,” the Lions’ boss said.

“I don’t think losing 3-0 at home to Huddersfield was a true reflection of the game but it was a really disappointing result and it was important we got something here.

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“I thought we defended really well when we needed to and largely restricted them to shots from distance. When they got a little closer everyone did their jobs very well.

“It was a very pleasing clean sheet against a good side and we had one or two chances ourselves.”

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Former Ipswich keeper Bartosz Bialkowski thwarted shots from Przemek Placheta, Lukas Rupp, Emi Buendia and Teemu Pukki, while Placheta also hit the post in a game Norwich dominated on Tuesday night.

The visiting coaching staff were halfway into their celebrations in the fifth minute of injury-time however, as substitute Shaun Williams clipped the bar when he really should have scored.

“There was one excellent counter-attack when only the final pass was missing and we also went close when Shaun Williams clipped the bar with virtually the last kick,” Rowett continued.

“We need to be better in the final third, I know that, but to come away from here with something to show for our efforts is very pleasing, especially as we were missing a few.

“What I have got here is a hard working group who are showing week in, week out what good players they are and I am proud of the performance they put in.”

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