The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE -

“They get stick at work and things like that so I un­der­stand that, but as a group we’ve not felt pres­surised that we haven’t won at home.”

“We played re­ally against Southend last week and they scored two goals from two chances, so we knew it was com­ing.

“I must ad­mit it is a bit of a re­lief to get it but it is another mas­sive step for­ward for us.”

Mill­wall made a dream start by tak­ing a fourth­minute lead, Ai­den O’Brien set­ting up the un­marked Ab­dou to strike a low fin­ish past vis­it­ing keeper Josh Lil­lis.

O’Brien came close to set­ting up a sec­ond for the hosts on 24 min­utes by whip­ping in a cross for Wil­liams, only for the goal-bound ef­fort to be blocked.

Lions keeper Jor­dan Archer had to be alert to tip be­hind Matthew Lund’s long-range drive but could do noth­ing to keep out Vin­centi’s close range 43rd minute header.

How­ever, par­ity lasted barely two min­utes as Wil­liams struck from six­yards on the stroke of half-time to put the hosts back in front. And the game was made safe on the hour by Mori­son, who latched on to O’Brien’s pass and clev­erly beat Lil­lis to com­plete the scor­ing.

Rochdale chief Keith Hill felt his side should have de­fended a lot bet­ter for Mill­wall’s open­ing two goals.

He said:“The first goal they didn’t score, we con­ceded – it is as sim­ple as that.

“It is ele­men­tary. We are a pass­ing side but we are a no risk pass­ing side and that is a big risk.

“We gave our­selves a moun­tain to climb against Mill­wall and we gave a good team con­fi­dence. It is a cat­a­logue of mis­takes for the sec­ond goal.”


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