Millwall’s playoff push took another blow as they fell to a 2-0 home defeat to league leaders West Brom.

Slaven Bilic’s side ran out comfortable winners, with goals in each half from Filip Krovinovic and Dara O’Shea.

Defeat leaves Millwall five points off the playoff spots, with no win in three league games, while the Baggies went four points clear of Leeds in second place.

Here are five things we learned.

Gary Rowett Makes Mistakes

Rowett has been very popular since he arrived at the Den in late October. He’s impressed many in his interviews and impressed even more with side’s performances.

Yesterday, however, he admitted that he probably made a mistake with his line-up.

The Millwall boss said his choices were influenced by the conditions, but with West Brom choosing to swap sides in the first half, the home side were left playing into the wind.

Rowett hasn’t done much wrong in his time in SE16, but yesterday he proved we are all fallible.

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Money Talks

West Brom are clearly a strong side and will likely finish in the top two. Millwall couldn’t quite handle the quality that the away side possessed on the day.

Fans would want Millwall to be more competitive, especially at home, but the likes of Sawyers, Krovinovic, Pereira and Robinson showed why West Brom are in first place.

West Brom have spent big in a bid to get back up to the Premier League and have one of the most expensive sides in the league. In the end, money talks.

More Creativity Needed

Millwall’s creative dearth has been a problem for a while now and it is starting to show against the better sides.

Rowett tried playing Jayson Molumby higher up the pitch against West Brom. He led the press well but wasn’t able to add too much in terms of chance creation.

Only Swansea have scored less (37) than Millwall (38) in the top half of the table and the Lions’ reliance on set pieces to score goals is a concern.

Perhaps it is just the limitations of a squad built by Neil Harris, but it will need addressing in the summer.

Refs Aren’t Welcome

It isn’t surprising to hear that Millwall fans don’t like referees. In fact, they don’t have many friends in any football grounds.

Keith Stroud was initially named as the arbiter for this game. After his last performance at the Den in Millwall’s 2-0 win over Reading, fans were not happy at that appointment.

He was replaced by Gavin Ward, who had the enviable role of being the pantomime villain for the afternoon.

Rowett said that he had a word with Mr Ward at half time about the holding on Matt Smith but refused to comment on the possible Robinson handball.

Fair to say Gavin won’t be the last ref to get abuse at the Den.

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Fans Can’t Be Kept Away

The old adage is that when games are live on Sky, crowds will dwindle.

Sunday’s attendance of around 14,000 wasn’t bad for a televised game on a Sunday, especially in the midst of Storm Ciara.

Punters would have been within their rights to keep away in the gale-force winds and sideways rain, in favour of watching the game from the comfort of their own homes.

Regardless, the turnout was decent. Nothing can beat a bit of live football, whatever the weather.