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Steep learning curve

29 September 2014

Huddersfield Town U21s 2 Millwall U21s 0

Millwall's inexperienced U21 side were again taught some harsh lessons on Monday afternoon as they went down by two goals to nil against a significantly older Terriers outfit.

With the exception of Jake Goodman (21) and Jack Powell (20), Neil Harris fielded a team of teenagers, including Youth team wingers Ronnie O'Donnell (16) and JP Rylah (17), who made substitutes' appearances in the second half.

"It was similar to the last few games in many respects," observed Chopper. "We conceded two very poor goals, and the harsh reality is that if you keep making mistakes against good players you will be punished.

"If these lads have their sights set on a career in the game, they will learn these lessons very quickly so that they become better players. At this level, the gap in experience between the two sides can be quite significant and I would hope that a year or so from now our boys will have developed their know-how and be better equipped for games like this.

"But that's what we are looking to achieve at Millwall, test our young players to their limit by giving them experiences like this at the earliest opportunity.

"On the plus side, it was good to see Sid Nelson getting 90 minutes under his belt for the first time since returning from injury, and again Jack Powell was outstanding in midfield."

Millwall: Gerrar, Siafa, Goodman, Nelson, Casey, Powell, Wood (O'Donnell, 75mins), Farrell, El Bekri, Philpot, Webb (Rylah, 60mins). Subs not used: Byron, Girling.

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