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Boss left frustrated

26 October 2013

Adkins' reaction to 1-1 draw

Manager Nigel Adkins admitted he was annoyed after seeing his team draw 1-1 with Millwall.

Although we moved up to fifth in the table and remain unbeaten at home, we wanted all three points after taking an early lead, spurning a great chance early in the second half and then seeing Millwall score a penalty after going down to ten men.

So while the boss will have been pleased to keep the points tally ticking over, he was frustrated we did not take all three.

Adkins said, "We put ourselves in a position to win the game, we're 1-0 up in injury time and have to see the game out. There was a ball knocked into the box, we didn't deal with the first header and weren't close enough for the second ball. Then we've given the referee a decision to make, and it was the right decision to give a penalty.

"To what extent have we invited it upon ourselves? If you look over the course of the game, we scored a good goal early and started OK. At 1-0 we're thinking 'go on, kick on.' Give Millwall credit because they kept going, but for us when you've scored early on you have to hammer that home and you need that ruthlessness.

"Second half, Alfie hit the post and it could so easily have gone in but it bounced out. That could have changed the complexion of the game. We did have a few opportunities, Jordan came in from the left, Jobi had one into the side netting.

"Overall it's annoying, because we put ourselves in a position to win the game, regardless of how well we'd played, or not played. An injury time penalty has thwarted that. If you're from Millwall you will think you deserved to get something from the game, and you can't deny that for their efforts. They had a good result against QPR last week, worked hard and deserve credit."

He continued, "We always talk about doing the basics well and doing them consistently. We didn't do that well enough, and I will analyse that in the cold light of day. Maybe we needed to press and close better, and keep it better than we did.

"I want us to play perfect football, but it has to be winning football. Sometimes you have to roll your sleeves up, fix bayonets and grind things out. At the end of the game we didn't do that. Was it poor from us, or good from Millwall? I'll watch the video back, we'll pick everyone up, strive to keep improving and we've got a good game next week up in Yorkshire."

Finally, it was put to the boss that his team were up to fifth in the table and still unbeaten at home, to which he responded, "Top man, I love your positivity!"

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