Millwall’s 2-1 derby win over Charlton was the perfect result before the international break says Bartosz Bialkowski.

Matt Smith’s injury time header clinched three points for Gary Rowett’s side at The Den after Jonathan Leko had cancelled out Shaun Hutchinson’s early opener.

The Lions shot-stopper conceded that Lee Bowyer’s men may feel hard-done-by by the nature of defeat but that they too have suffered similar fate’s this season.  

“When you look at the chances, maybe the draw was a fair result, but that’s football,” the summer arrival said.

“There’s nothing you can do about it, today we are happy.

“We’ve conceded two goals in the last few minutes at Brentford so we know how their players are feeling but at the same time we are happy.

“To get the win is an unbelievable feeling.

“It’s the perfect send-off (before the break), we’ll enjoy the win for now before we prepare for next game.”

'Every Game Is Important'

Victory for the Lions made sure Charlton’s 23-year hoodoo at The Den continued, but although there was huge anticipation and excitement for the fixture amongst both sets of supporters, Bialkowski revealed he treats every game, whether it be a derby or not with the same preparation.

“I can only speak for myself but I try to treat every game the same, every game is important as this one.

“Any derby is a big one for the fans but I try and treat everyone the same because at the end of the day we play for three points.”

Better than the 'Old Farm Derby'?

That said, the man ho arrived from Ipswich admitted the atmosphere experienced at a capacity crowd at The Den was better than that experienced in the ‘Old Farm Derby’ when they faced Norwich, for quite explanatory reasons.

“Today the atmosphere was absolutely brilliant, but the derby game with Norwich is hard to really compare it.

“That’s because in five years at Ipswich I never beat them!”

“So the atmosphere today was better.”

Millwall’s win took them up to 15th in the Championship, and with a trip to Swansea when they return from international duty on the 23rd, Bialkowski was aware of where they needed to improve during the break.

“Our home record is brilliant, we just need to find a way to get better results away from home.”