Richard Keogh believes Millwall were lucky to claim maximum points
RICHARD Keogh felt Millwall were "lucky" to take all three points against Derby County at The Den.
Keogh felt the Rams deserved better than a 2-1 defeat from Saturday's trip to South London.
The visitors were aggrieved about some key decisions which they believe went against them.
Liam Feeney's opener was initially ruled out for offside against home striker Andy Keogh until referee Darren Drysdale changed his mind and allowed the goal to stand.
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The Rams also had two strong penalty claims turned down.
Derby's Keogh was remaining diplomatic after the match but could not hide his disappointment with how events unfolded.
"It's a touchy subject, whether someone is offside or not," said the Rams skipper.
"But I think if someone (Andy Keogh) is in the middle of the goal trying to score and it bobbles over his foot, I think there is clear intent to go for the ball and he must be offside.
"I think everyone who was at the game saw what happened and they can make their own mind up.
"You couldn't really talk to the referee and he didn't really give us an opinion on it.
"In the end, it's a goal and there's nothing we can do about it now."
Late in the first half, Paul Coutts thought he had been fouled in the box by Shane Lowry but nothing was given.
And it was the same outcome near the end of the match, with Derby chasing an equaliser, when Theo Robinson was booked for going down in the area under a challenge from Danny Shittu.
"I thought we should have had two penalties," said Keogh.
"We've seen both incidents again and they both looked pretty nailed on.
"The first one, when you go to ground like that in the box, you run the risk of giving away a penalty.
"And I thought the second one was a foul too but he ended up booking Theo."
The Rams trailed 1-0 at the interval but teenage midfielder Will Hughes levelled with a fine strike in the 53rd minute.
However, Millwall regained their lead in the 76th minute through Andy Keogh after Craig Bryson was unable to clear his lines.
"I think Bryson should have cleared it but he hasn't and their guy kept it alive, it's ricocheted about a bit and he (Andy Keogh) stuck it away," said Richard Keogh.
"In my opinion, it was a goal that could have been prevented."
That goal was a hammer blow to the Rams, who improved after the break and still might have nicked a second equaliser.
"I don't really want to say too much about the referee – I just want to focus on how well we played in the second half," Keogh added.
"Will scored a great goal and we were in control but conceded a sloppy second goal.
"It then turned into a bit of a scrappy game and no-one could really get hold of the ball.
"That was a shame because when we did get on the ball and move them around, we were killing them a bit.
"In the end, I think they were lucky to get the win.
"Based on the second half display, I thought we deserved at least a point – if not all three."
Despite the result, Keogh thought the Rams gave a good account of themselves in the face of a typically feisty Millwall crowd.
"It's not an easy place to come but I thought everyone stood up well to it, especially in the second half, and showed them what we are about," said the central defender.
"Sometimes it's hard to keep your composure out there, especially with everything that went on.
"But I like playing at Millwall because you know it will always be a great atmosphere.
"You've got to stand up and be counted, which I thought we did.
"There wasn't too much in the game.
"I thought we started off well and played some nice stuff but without a real cutting edge in the final third.
"They came back into it and were a handful up front, which was a good test for us.
"Obviously, the first goal changed things a little bit but we knew we could play better. In the second half, we did that and I thought we were the better team."