Young Millwall defender says encouragement given has helped group gel
Sid Nelson marked his his first senior start of 2016 with a commanding defensive display as Millwall stunned second-placed Walsall with a 3-0 win at the Banks's Stadium.
Centre half Sid was called on to fill the gap left vacant by Mark Beevers, who was serving the first game of a two-match ban last weekend.
The 20-year-old barely put a foot wrong as The Lions roared to an eighth away success of the campaign, keeping a 12th clean sheet in the process.
Despite dreadful wet and muddy conditions, Neil Harris' charges did their best to produce some quality free-flowing football - and now the team are focused on repeating that at Rochdale this coming Saturday.
"Before the game we sat down and had a talk," said Sid. "We said that we would have to dig in and stick together because the conditions were terrible.
"We did that, but the gaffer said that we have to take it game by game and now we are looking forward to Rochdale and getting three points there. After that, we will look at the next game."
For Sid, who made his senior debut in December 2014, the change from playing in a team battling relegation to one challenging at the top of the table is a refreshing one.
"It is such a difference from last season," he added. "The unity of the group this year compared to last year is so much better, we've got a real solid group here.
"There's a good batch of young lads, but the main credit has to go to the older lads who have let the younger lads express themselves in training, on the pitch by helping them out, giving them words of encouragement.
"The senior players here have been top class, so encouraging of us youngsters and that has only helped us gel as a group."