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Pavey at the double as Millwall U23s return to winning ways

28 November 2016

Striker's late goal for The Lions sinks Sky Blues

Alfie Pavey hit a goal double as Millwall U23s returned to winning ways with a hard-fought Professional Development League victory against Coventry City at Bromley's Hayes Lane ground on Monday afternoon.

Striker Alfie, fresh from helping the first team secure a memorable 3-2 success at Bury at the weekend, scored a goal in either half as Justin Skinner's charges put the disappointment of their defeat at Colchester United firmly behind them in the best way possible.

Sky Blues keeper Corey Addai was forced into action early on with a great reflex save and then Lions skipper Kyron Farrell saw a free-kick fly narrowly over the bar as the home side began to settle into their stride.

Millwall took the lead courtesy of Pavey's fine 34th-minute header from a free-kick to send The Lions in a goal to the good at half-time.

However Sky Blues came out with all guns blazing after the break and were back on level terms within eight minutes of the restart; Dion Kelly-Evans threaded a neat ball through to George Thomas, and the 19-year-old frontman slid his shot under keeper Tom King.

Skinner's side responded positively with Christian Mbulu having an effort deflected narrowly wide and then Pavey just unable to get on the end of Noel Leighton's inviting delivery.

However in a week of late goals for Millwall, there were just nine minutes remaining when Pavey produced a clinical finish into the bottom corner. Despite playing the final four minutes a man down following the dismissal of Harry Donovan for a second bookable offence, The Lions dug in to hold on for a deserved victory. 

Speaking to minutes after the final whistle, coach Justin said: "We really rolled up our sleeves after last week's disappointing performance. I am very proud of the boys and how they went about themselves today.

"Alfie was excellent in leading the line, and scoring both goals, but also his defensive work was solid too. The whole team worked hard to get back and cut off the supply to their forwards."

On an afternoon that saw defender Sid Nelson get 60 match minutes under his belt following a spell sidelined with a thigh injury, Justin added: "Sid gave a good account of himself and it was good to see him back."

Team: King, Cummings, Chesmain, Donovan, Nelson, Mbulu, Brown, Farrell, Pavey, Leighton, Twardek. Subs: Rooney, Jackson, McNamara, Ebuzoeme, Mundle-Smith.

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