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"The job is far from over," insists Millwall U23s boss

20 December 2016

Young Lions told not to get carried away with impressive form

The Millwall U23s enter the Christmas break having lost just one of their previous twelve Professional Development League matches, but boss Justin Skinner insists there's plenty of improvements to be made in the New Year.

The young Lions had to dig in to defeat Watford U23s 3-2 on Monday afternoon after surrendering a 2-0 second-half lead. 

"It's a mixed afternoon to be honest," Skinner told after the match.  

"I am a bit disappointed because even though we won the game I asked the boys to finish off the year in a strong way and i'm not sure if we did that. 

"We took the first two goals and look like we could cruise home but we took the foot off the gas and allowed them to get back in.

"We just need to learn how to win the right way and think a bit more about the decisions that are being made on the pitch," Skinner said.

Keeper Harry Girling earned the manager's praise after pulling off a series of fine saves in the first half to deny Watford.

"Harry made a couple of solid, early saves that kept us in the game. He is coming along well but he was left stranded on his own a couple of times.

"We just need a little bit of composure, learn to regroup and be a bit calmer and dictate the match," he added. 

The squad now have a short break from match action but they've been warned against taking second helpings during the festive season.

"I expect the boys to come back sharp, fit and focused. We have had some good performances and that needs to continue in the New Year.

"When we return we will be working on our decision making and staying composed during matches. The quicker the boys can learn to do that the quicker they can get into the first team."

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