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Millen: A Real Battling Performance

28 December 2014

Keith Millen was pleased with the disciplined performance of his side after coming away with a point against Queens Park Rangers, a team who have an impressive home record this term. 

"I've got to give the lads a load of credit for a battling performance. I thought we stood up to QPR fantastically. We were all shocked by what happened yesterday but I've seen the lads' resilience and I had no doubt they'd show up. We deserved at least a point.

"If we can continue like that, we'll be OK. We need to score more goals, but if we keep that organisation, we'll be OK."

He was asked more about the vacant manager role than the match as he faced the media post-match and this time around put his own name in the ring. 

"I'm ready for it, I think the players respect me. I've done it enough times, I've managed before and I enjoy working for the club.

"The chairman may feel he needs more experience or wants to see what names are available because it's a vital time now.

"It's about respect. I respect the players and what they're about and hopefully they respect me for my knowledge and hard work with them.

"You do have to detach yourself from the players as a manager but also, with Premier League players, you have to make sure they understand what you want from them.

"They're big characters at this level and you have to get the best out of them.

"There's respect there between myself and them, I've worked with them for two and a half years and we've been successful."

Millen said he has been given no indication of how long it will take before the new manager is appointed and will now just work towards getting the lads ready for the Aston Villa game on New Year's Day. 

"I don't know how long I'll be in charge for, I have not been told I've got a chance and I haven't spoken to the chairman about myself.

"He came to see the players before the game and wished them all the best but that is not a conversation to have on the day of a game.

"I'm sure I'll speak to him tomorrow, he knows what direction he wants to take the club and what I bring to this group of players. I know what makes them tick and what brings the best out of them.

"It's down to the chairman to make that decision. He has the confidence in me to continue taking the team until he makes the right appointment."

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