By Mark Smith

26th Jan, 2020 | 8:30am

'Reckless' - Rowett claims Millwall could have taken 'gamble' ahead of Leeds clash

Gary Rowett has admitted that he took a gamble with his Millwall side against Sheffield United ahead of the trip to Leeds United on Tuesday.

The Lions boss handed starts to young duo Billy Mitchell and James Browne in the FA Cup defeat, claiming it would have been reckless to go with a full-strength team given their upcoming Elland Road clash.

Rowett reiterated that Leeds having an extra break will make the game even harder, and he could have left his side in danger if he had made them play 90 minutes on Saturday.

“The difference then comes down to a bit of quality,” he said, via News at Den.

“We took a bit of a gamble today, like a lot of teams will do. We’re playing Leeds on Tuesday night, Leeds have had 10 days break. It’s not an easy place to go and I thought it would be a little bit reckless not to leave us with some energy up there to try to perform.”

Marcelo Bielsa will be wanting his Leeds side to recapture some of their early-season form after only winning once in their previous six Championship games.

Rowett is spot on though, a game at Elland Road is one of the toughest in the league. The Whites average the most possession in the entire league with 59.7%, and that leads to them having the most shots on goal per game – 16.1 [WhoScored].

Having just a couple of tired players can see Leeds take advantage of that, and Rowett is clearly trying to give his side as much of a chance as he can at Elland Road.

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