Sunday Mirror


Pearce rues end of Lions’ un­beaten run

- By STEVE JUDGE at the Den Sports · Soccer · Huddersfield Town F.C. · Millwall F.C. · Ben Hamer · Gary Rowett · Josh Koroma · Alex Pritchard · Connor Mahoney · Matt Smith

ALEX PEARCE was gut­ted that Millwall sur­ren­dered their un­beaten home record in the league on his watch.

Club skip­per Pearce took the dugout for the mid­week win at Pre­ston with all of the Lions’ f irst - team coaches iso­lat­ing.

Man­ager Gary Rowett has been forced into the role of re­mote as­sis­tant for the last three games af­ter test­ing pos­i­tive for Coro­n­avirus nine days ago.

And he had to watch on TV as his de­fend­ers failed to lock down Josh Koroma in the first half be­fore late strikes from Avila and Lewis O’Brien sealed a first win in three games for Hud­der­s­field.

Rowett should re­turn to­mor­row and Pearce said: “I have en­joyed it on the whole, but I did not en­joy los­ing to­day. I loved it on Wed­nes­day but I guess that is man­age­ment. I am bit­terly dis­ap­pointed that we lost.”

Car­los Cor­beran is now 10 games into his man­age­rial ca­reer at Hud­der­s­field and was thrilled with the char­ac­ter his side showed.

He said: “It was a very good per­for­mance, maybe from the sev­enth minute to the 35th minute of the first half we con­trolled the game.

“In the sec­ond half we played with a bit more per­son­al­ity and cre­ated enough chances to fin­ish the game a lit­tle bit ear­lier.

“It was a very pos­i­tive per­for­mance against a very tough side.”

Millwall had claims for an early penalty turned away when Mur­ray Wal­lace fell to the ground at a cor­ner.

“There was a lot of grap­pling go­ing on and I said to the fourth of­fi­cial ‘what is it go­ing to take to get a de­ci­sion?’ he did not an­swer,” re­vealed Pearce.

The re­sponse from Hud­der­s­field was much more con­clu­sive.

Alex Pritchard’s ball to the far post was headed back across goal by Adam Di­akhaby for Koroma to scuff a first-time shot into the right cor­ner.

Mi l lwal l ’ s Con­nor Ma­honey was de­nied by Ben Hamer’ full- length save just be­fore the break.

The hosts threw on Matt Smith at half- time but he got lit­tle change out of Naby Sarr, while the Ter­ri­ers were al­ways a threat on the break.

Di­akhaby twice struck shots at Bialkowski from the edge of the box and Koroma did the same from six yards.

But when Avila did the same in the 89th minute, Bialkowski could only palm it over his head and just over the line be­fore he could scoop it out.

O’Brien sealed the points with the last kick when he an­gled a left-foot shot wide of the keeper and in­side the right post.

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