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Addicks boss accepts Millwall deserved win
Scott McDonald’s deflected first half strike proved to be the difference between the two sides in a tight south-east London derby.
The Addicks enjoyed a lot of possession but failed to test Millwall keeper David Forde until stoppage time when he held Cameron Stewart’s low drive.
And Powell pinpointed the lack of goal-scoring chances as the difference between the two sides.
“I wanted us to follow on from our last home performance, where we created a lot of chances and really put our opposition on the back foot,” the SE7 manager said.
“We didn’t do that enough today, it was too sporadic.
“The first half was lacklustre and I needed more from my players in respect to creativity.
“In the end it petered out.
“Even though we had one or two situations in the second half, sadly we couldn’t break the deadlock.
“We haven’t done too well in this fixture over the years and it proved to be the same today.”
He added: “They (Millwall) were buoyed from their result in the week and showed how quickly things can change with the two results they have now had.
“Today we just didn’t have enough situations and even when we did get into the final third, I felt our decision making wasn’t right and that needs to be better.
“The group know that.
“When we get into those crucial areas that score you goals and win you games, they know that we had to do better in them.”
Powell was without striker Yann Kermorgant, who missed the match with an ankle injury.
The Frenchman proved to be a big miss for the Addicks, as their build-up play frequently broke down in the final third.
Powell said: “Looking at my squad we missed Yann, Chris Solly and Leon Cort, who are all good Championship players.
“Even though my group is good, we are always going to miss players of that quality.
“Yann is our talisman, he tried to train yesterday but he couldn’t make it.
“In a game like this you’d want him right.
“He’d be a miss for anybody especially ourselves.
“It’s tough in the respect that he definitely would’ve made a difference to us.
“But you have got to carry on, players will always miss games through injuries or suspensions.
“We just had to get on with it, we obviously didn’t get the result that we desired today.”
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