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Millen: We Need To Be More Clinical

1 January 2015

The final game of a busy Premier League programme over the festive period came to a close with another point to show from an away game. Keith Millen was pleased to be taking that back south but also knows they could have come back with more. 

"Villa Park is always a tough place to come and this afternoon was no different. We knew Aston Villa pass the ball around well, they have a lot of movement and possession meaning we needed to keep our discipline and shape which we did. Looking back over the ninety minutes we had the best chance of the game when Yannick Bolasie went through in the first half. 

"I thought the lads looked dangerous on the counter attack but I think we run out of legs by the end as we kept going at the them. I came off the pitch delighted with the lads commitment and organisation but to win football matches we need to take our chances when they come along."

Breaking on the counter attack was a main threat from the side through the game and Keith feels whilst the team being organised defensively is important the attacking point of the team's game is also key. 

"With players like Yannick, Wilf and Jason we have lads who have good pace and can cause problems on the break, we saw how that can play a part when Yannick broke to have his opportunity, that really was the chance of the game. He did a great touch across the defender and got his shot in past the goalkeeper but unfortunately it hit the crossbar. 

"If that goes in with the way we were set up it would have been very hard for them to get back in the game. They did have one good chance but Julian pulled off a great save in the first half but apart from that I felt we kept at that them but just couldn't get the goal on the day."

It may not have been the greatest spectacle on offer in the day's Premier League action but nevertheless it was an important point on the road for the lads. 

"From our point of view we are away from home, we wanted to get another clean sheet to build on the one from the QPR game and cause problems on the counter attack, we need to be more clinical but we are fully aware we need to improve going forward and need to look like we are going to score goals to win football matches."

This was the second match in a number of days that Keith had taken the team in his latest caretaker role for him and he has been pleased with how things have worked this week.

"We have been working since the day after the QPR game preparing for this one and even though we know we need some additional players in the window I know this group will never let me down on effort and commitment and going out there and getting the job done. We need to do more to get goals but it's good to come away from home and get a draw but to stay in this league we have got to get in the habit of winning football matches.  Particularly at home we need to be scoring goals and winning games sooner rather than later. "

With speculation continuing about the imminent appointment of a new manager Keith was asked post-match whether he had been told how his future is set going forward. 

"We have got a good group of players and hard working staff and I enjoy being part of this football club and want that to continue. When a manager comes in I am sure I will have more in-depth discussions on the structure for the future. The staff here are a professional group and want to be successful and like at any time at a club when there is change the new man will come in and have a look at who does what and see if he is happy with that but for the moment I will just carry on and ensure the group are ready for their next challenge."

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