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Millwall 0 Gillingham 0: Manager Steve Lovell reacts to shootout defeat

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Gillingham’s performance against Millwall over 90 minutes pleased manager Steve Lovell.

The Gills lost the Carabao Cup first round tie on penalties after the game at The Den ended goalless.

Lovell said: “I thought they did very well over the 90 minutes.

Gillingham manager Steve Lovell at Millwall Picture: Ady Kerry (3603232)
Gillingham manager Steve Lovell at Millwall Picture: Ady Kerry (3603232)

Report: Millwall 0 Gillingham 0 (Millwall win 3-1 on penalties)

“In the second half we got to grips with it and I thought the last 15-20 minutes we could have gone on and won the game, we had enough chances in that period to perhaps go infront.

“Millwall had a couple of opportunities themselves, but none of us took them on the night and it went to penalties but I was very pleased with the boys, I thought they played the ball around well, we used our pace when it was on and we caused them a few problems.”

Gills’ best chances came in the second half, with Regan Charles-Cook and Brandon Hanlan coming the closest, both shooting wie.

“We opened up quite a bit of space on that right hand side,” Lovell said.

“Regan and Brandon got in with their pace and Tom Eaves had another good effort that the keeper saved, so we had our opportunities. Millwall did as well and I think it could have gone either way.

“There were a few hairy moments at the end, for the last two or three minutes, which we defended quite well.”

Gillingham lost 3-1 on penalties, with Luke O’Neill the only one to convert.

“With penalties you either get them or you don’t,” said Lovell.

“It is a one-off situation and fair play to Millwall, they have won the penalties quite handsomely and they deserve to go through.”

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