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Millwall EDS boss Skinner encouraged despite defeat in Kingstonian friendly

21 July 2015

Ben Thompson's second goal of pre-season isn't enough for the young Lions

Millwall Elite Development Squad manager Justin Skinner said he was pleased with elements of his side's performance during Tuesday night's narrow 2-1 pre-season friendly defeat away to Kingstonian.

Richard Jolly headed the home side in front after 13 minutes but Lions midfielder Ben Thompson was on hand to apply the finishing touches to a clever training ground routine from a set-piece to equalise not long after.

Skinner made a raft of changes on the hour mark in order to give as many of his squad vital playing time but Millwall found themselves behind once more less than 10 minutes later when Mohamed Makanara curled the ball home.

That is how the score remained at the final whistle but the match was a productive exercise for Skinner's squad, which included four trialists and striker Jamie Philpot, who played 45 minutes on his return from injury.

"There were some good bits in there," Skinner told

"We're fairly early on with our preparations for the season but it is still disappointing not to win.

"We made a lot of changes around the 60-minute mark, by which time we were dominating possession and looked like we could get a goal at any time.

"Those substitutions messed up a few partnerships throughout the team but they still only had a couple of shots, if not just the one chance in the second-half, and unfortunately for us it went in.

"We rallied and had another go with some of the youngsters on the pitch so it was all quite encouraging.

"There was nothing to get too disheartened about but at the same time we want to win every game. That's the only disappointment."

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