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Complacent Reds Fall Into Lions’ Trap

3 November 2012

Sean O’Driscoll blamed his side’s complacency after watching The Reds succumb to a 4-1 home defeat to Millwall this afternoon.

Billy Sharp cancelled out Liam Trotter’s first half strike to send the teams in level at the break but goals from Darius Henderson, Chris Wood and substitute Andy Keogh ensured The Lions took all three points.

O’Driscoll said: “We came here today on the back of a good win and after a good week’s training - everybody was feeling confident. I definitely thought we got complacent.

“Everybody’s got an idea of how we should play and I’m a big advocate of passing football, but when a team is specifically set-up to stop you doing it and you fall into the trap, you’re just going to lose the ball and fail to get a foothold in the game.

“It was important that we carried on what we did against Peterborough, Cardiff and Barnsley – and we didn’t. We thought we could just turn up here and stamp our authority on the game which, in some senses you want to encourage, but sometimes by being brave you are being stupid, and we committed that sin today.

“We weren’t focussed enough and started poorly. Billy got us out of a bit of a hole and we went into the second half trying to address the problems.

“We committed our own downfall, really. We lost our discipline and our shape, partly because we were trying to gamble. We’ve got to stick with what we’ve done well.

“It’s difficult in this division because the only certainty is that you’re eventually going to lose – usually because you’ve lost concentration, which is almost human nature.

“We’ve got to make sure that we learn from our mistakes.”

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