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Ben Thompson 'didn't know how to celebrate' his wonder goal

12 April 2016

Young Lions midfielder says that his strike was long overdue

Ben Thompson struck a goal good enough to grace any stage with a 20-yard dipping volley in Millwall's 3-1 win against Shrewsbury Town - and admited that it was so long since he scored a goal that he didn't know how to celebrate.

Midfielder Ben's first and last strike for The Lions came against Wycombe Wanderers in the FA Cup last December.

Whilst that effort was a low arrowed shot that packed a punch, Saturday's effort at The Den was the stuff of dreams - chesting down a headed clearance and making a perfect connection with the ball to volley first-time into the top left corner.

It was certainly a goal that The Lions, trailing 1-0 a the time, needed. It was also one that helped change the whole mood of the stadium, giving everyone a lift and providing a base from which Neil Harris' charges went on to claim all three points.

"I was over the moon, as you could see from my celebration; I didn't know what to do!" said Ben.

"I've been waiting for a goal now and the manager has been on at me saying that I would score, and I finally got it. I am really happy that I did.

"We needed that one goal to get us back in it and we said at half-time that if we got one goal we would go on and win the game. Once we got the first goal, that was it, we felt confident from there on."

A disappointing opening 45 minutes had seen The Lions trail to Larnell Cole's fourth-minute effort, and as Ben admits, it took a few considered words from boss Harris at half-time to push the players on and get the job done.

"The first half wasn't the best and I don't think we got going," he added, "We just sat back and didn't really do much.

"At half-time he gave us a kick up the behind and we just kicked on from there."

Millwall will be looking to record a first away win in five games at Coventry City this Saturday with The Lions determined to cement their place in the Play-Offs.

"Every game is important to us," said Ben. "We have just got to go out there with the attitude that we have to win."
 
In case you missed Ben's goal, take a look at it via our Goalcam here and for match highlights from the Shrewsbury game, including all four goals, here

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