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"I'm excited for the derby, the atmosphere is electric," says Thompson

20 December 2016

Midfielder needs no extra motivation against Charlton Athletic

Ben Thompson was raised in a home of staunch Millwall supporters, so what's the overriding emotion he feels ahead of playing in his first South London derby?

"Excitement," the Lions midfielder told

"All my family and friends have been texting me about the game this week and saying they are coming to The Den to support us.

"This is the one everyone has been looking forward to and i'm sure the atmosphere will be electric."

And it's that electric atmosphere Millwall hope to harness as they look to extend their unbeaten run against the Addicks.

“I feel the crowd helps me hugely and they can really spur us on in the derby," Thompson said.

“Tempers will be hot, everyone will be up for it. But we need to calm down and make sure we compose ourselves and let our football do the talking.”

Charlton Athletic haven't beaten Millwall at The Den in more than 20 years, but will enter the match one position higher on the League One table.

And after Saturday's defeat to Scunthorpe, The Lions aren't playing down the importance of the affair.

“Of course this game is important. We are not far off the Playoff places and if we chalk up a few points we will be right in the thick of it. 

“We are on a bad patch at the moment. We haven’t been finding the net and everything seems to be dropping for the other team. We know it’s temporary and if we stick together we will get through it and push up the table.”

The Lions are expected to be near full-strength for the clash, with striker Steve Morison and centre-back Byron Webster in contention for a return to the starting side.

“It's great news because Steve Morison and Byron Webster offer so much to this team. I was also happy to see Shaun Hutchinson come back into the squad against Scunthorpe on the weekend. The experience these guys offer is so valuable and I hope they are all ready to go on Wednesday."

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