Millwall goalkeeper Ben Amos has expressed his joy at featuring between the sticks in Tuesday night’s Carabao Cup win over Gillingham.
Amos kept out two penalties to send his side through to the Second Round of the competition, after keeping Steve Lovell’s Gills at bay during the match itself.
“It was great to play tonight and get the 90 minutes, and we’re happy to get through it and get into the Second Round,” the 28-year-old says.
“The tempo and the competitiveness of these games are completely different to pre-season friendlies.”
Amos made his first competitive start in the midweek clash since arriving on a season-long loan from Bolton Wanderers, and explains the preparation routine for penalty kicks with goalkeeping coach Lee Turner, with whom he previously worked at Charlton Athletic.
“We always do our homework on penalties, and before the game I’ll go through them with LT [Turner],” the goalkeeper states.
“But sometimes it’s still a bit of a guessing game, trying to find patterns in what they’ve done – a player might have taken 10 penalties and put them both sides and down the middle.”
Amos claims he has fit into the squad well following his signing, and commends the Millwall camp for welcoming him so well.
“I’ve said already how good the group of lads and the staff are – you couldn’t ask for a better group to come into.
“Personally, I tend to take a bit longer to integrate with a group as it’s just the way I am, but I’m getting there here and hopefully we can go on and have a great season together.”