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"Patient" pair praised for taking advantage of opportunities

13 February 2017

Jimmy Abdou and Calum Butcher commended as Millwall's depth tested

Dave Livermore has praised Millwall's unsung heroes following Saturday's gritty victory over Southend United, but has warned the squad to prepare for tougher challenges ahead.

Injuries and the birth of Shaun Williams' second child forced Neil Harris to make four changes to the side that defeated Coventry City, with Jimmy Abdou and Calum Butcher among those returning to the starting side.

"They really put a shift in," the Lions assistant boss told "We ground out the win on Saturday and that performance proves we have a strong squad."

Abdou and Butcher, who have been pulling the strings for the U23s recently, slipped seamlessly into the midfield and "laid the platform" for a memorable 1-0 victory. 

"I think a lot of credit has to go to those patient players who haven't played a lot of first-team football recently. 

"They might have been frustrated at times but they've been very professional. It's a credit to them that they took advantage of their opportunity against Southend. 

"We also have to credit the staff for keeping them fit and ready to play. We purposely played them in a few U23s games to make sure that they are ready for the busy run of games coming up."

Shaun Cummings and Fred Onyedinma also made the most of their returns to the starting XI, combining for the decisive goal that sent Millwall soaring into the play-off places.

"We have to fight to stay in the top six now," Livermore added.

"It's going to be a busy few months for us and it's crucial that we stay competitive right up until the end of the season."

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