Harry bags a brace on a night to savour for the promising strikerMoments before making his Millwall debut Tuesday night, Harry Smith was pulled aside by Lions boss Neil Harris and told to 'forget the occasion and let his football do the talking.' After scoring two goals in six minutes it's safe to say the promising striker did just that.
The 21-year-old produced a Man of the Match performance in front of travelling family and friends, slotting home from close range in the 81st minute and then doubling his money moments later with a thunderous header to maintain Millwall's 100 per cent winning streak in the Checkatrade Trophy.
"A debut like that is something I dreamt of as a kid and it's a night I will always remember," a delighted Smith told millwallfc.co.uk.
The forward admits it's been a 'hard slog' to reach this point in his career and, after bouncing between non-League clubs before signing with Millwall in the summer, and he even considered giving up on his footballing aspirations.
"There have been times I have thought about quitting and giving up because I didn't think I would get to this point in time. That's why tonight is so special for me," he added.
"I have grown so much since joining the Club. Learning from the likes of Steve Morison and Tony Craig has been phenomenal for my development as a player."
Lions manager Neil Harris was quick to praise the contribution of debutants Smith, Kyron Farrell and Paul Rooney after shining in Millwall's victory, but the trio know there's a long road ahead.
"This is just the start for me. As players on the fringes, we need to keep our heads down and keep chipping away and be prepared when the next opportunity comes around."
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