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Thompson motivated for Championship challenge

Tenacious midfielder ready for new season...

2 August 2017

Ben Thompson is ready to prove a point as Millwall embark on their first season back in the Sky Bet Championship this Friday at Nottingham Forest.

The midfielder has made 83 of his 84 appearances for The Lions over the course of the last two campaigns, becoming a firm fans' favourite, but is yet to test himself at Championship level.

With manager Neil Harris bringing in George Saville and Ryan Tunnicliffe over the summer, along with Shaun Williams and Calum Butcher, competition for places in the Millwall midfield this season will be hotter than ever.

That, however, is something Thompson relishes.

"It's football, that's what happens," he said. "You need competition for places in every single position. It's healthy competition, too, which will make me train even harder and hopefully get my place back in the side."

With the 2017/18 Sky Bet Championship including heavyweights such as Sunderland and Aston Villa, Millwall are among the favourites for the drop with the bookies.

The 21-year-old stressed that despite the financial clout and star player power in the second tier, The Lions will live up to the underdog tag and "do our talking on the pitch." 

"We're playing against bigger teams and better players. It's going to be tough. We've got to approach every game with the same mindset. I think we'll be fine if we stick to our gameplan.

"We've got to prove everyone who says we'll be relegated back to League One wrong. We've got to do our talking on the pitch - I don't see why we can't do that.

"We're going to go into a lot of games as the underdog. The money involved at this level now is massive. But that'll be a good thing for us. We go into every game trying to prove a point. 

"It's not a case of the opposition being worth ten times more than us, therefore being ten times better than us - we don't look at it like that. At the end of the day, it's eleven players against eleven players on a pitch, that's all that matters - who wants it more."

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