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Millen: I Am So Proud Of This Group

23 November 2013

Following an announcement on the morning of the match that Tony Pulis was taking over as manager it was certain to be the last game in charge for Keith Millen and he left the post in great style with three points at Hull City.

“From a personal point of view I am delighted and from the players point of view they thoroughly deserved the win. I am so proud of this group of players because of the effort and commitment they have shown over the last four games while I have been in caretaker charge. 

“Today we rode our luck at times, showed that bit of quality for the goal that was needed and then defended for our lives.”

The match was marred for Millen by the sending off of Yannick Bolasie but nothing was going to take away from his enjoyment of a much needed three points. 

“This group are showing a lot of qualities and they must be maintained and create more chances in games to get the points and keep this run going. 

“At the time I didn't think Yannick's  sending off was a red card, probably at best a yellow.  I looked at it after the game and he actually slips into the challenge and does catch the lad a little bit high. But it certainly wasn't reckless. I think it was an accident and I may ask the referee to have another look at it. 

“Today it was one of those where you look back and think it was going to be our day, we had the sending off, get the goal, defend for your lives and then at the death clear one off the line before the shot then came in and hit the post. We've not had many matches where we can say we had a bit of luck so I want the lads to enjoy it. It is a nice feeling for us all to be off the bottom of the league but the bigger picture is that we can get nearer the teams in and around us.”

Millen was pleased to see the manager's position filled and delighted with the new arrival. 

“I said from the start what was needed was someone with experience at this level, Tony was top of my list and I am delighted he is on board as the new manager of this football club. I am sure he will be pleased to see the way the team performed today and gives him something to work with. 

“I spoke to him on Friday and this morning and we felt it was really important we tried to stay focused on what we have been working on, if he had any involvement today It might have distracted from me being in charge. I spoke to the group at the hotel this morning and said I was in charge for today and to work to the game plan and they carried it out really well. 

“The players have worked hard for me but when they know a new manager is watching from the stands, it galvanizes the group and they know it is a clean start for everyone.”

Millen doesn't know where the appointment leaves him but is happy to discuss staying at the club he supports. 

“I will meet with Tony on Monday, I know him as I played for him in my playing days and as I have said before I would like to stay. He needs to assess the group really quickly, we have a week now before another big game against Norwich City and he will need to get to know the players and hopefully I can help him."

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