Millwall boss’s verdict on Sheffield United win and Blades’ quality after Bradshaw hat-trick

Blades suffer back-to-back defeats as Bradshaw’s treble downs them at The Den
Sheffield United's Paul Heckingbottom and Gary Rowett meet again at The Den:Gary Rowett / Sportimage/Sheffield United's Paul Heckingbottom and Gary Rowett meet again at The Den:Gary Rowett / Sportimage/
Sheffield United's Paul Heckingbottom and Gary Rowett meet again at The Den:Gary Rowett / Sportimage/

Millwall boss Gary Rowett spoke of his pride in his players’ performances as a Tom Bradshaw hat-trick sealed a 3-2 victory over Sheffield United and condemned the promotion-chasing Blades to back-to-back defeats.

United were looking to bounce back from a midweek loss to promotion rivals Middlesbrough but returned north licking their wounds despite twice dragging themselves level, through Tommy Doyle and then James McAtee.

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Paul Heckingbottom, the United manager, believes his side “gave” Millwall the victory after bemoaning their slow start to the game. And his opposite number Rowett said: “I’d imagine for any neutral they’d see that as a fantastic game.

“For me you can’t help but be proud of the players’ desire and attitude, against a good side like Sheffield United. Everyone talked about how they’ll move the ball and have more possession than us and I thought anyone who’s watched our home games would know it’s not that simple at The Den.

“We started brilliantly, there was some really good football. Bradders had a good earlier chance and should score and we also had a moment when he got brought down in the box and it wasn’t offside so we should have had a penalty.

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“A good side like Sheffield United, although they didn’t have many attempts on our goal, they scored a great free kick and we went in at half-time at 1-1. Then the challenge was how that might affect our players psychologically. But they were brilliant.”

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