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Debrah: "I couldn't be happier"

U23 defender discusses his progress and getting on the scoresheet in Ipswich contest

26 November 2018

U23 defender Jesse Debrah says he is "enjoying his football" at Millwall after keeping a clean sheet and scoring a stunning strike, as Kevin Nugent's young Lions took three points against Ipswich Town on Monday afternoon.

Debrah opened the scoring 10 minutes into the second half at Calmont Road with a wonderful hit into the top corner, sparking rapturous celebrations from his teammates.

The centre-back has been one of the key performers in a largely positive season for Nugent's team, and says he is pleased to end a winless run of four games against the table-toppers.

"We're definitely pleased with today. It was a good team performance," Debrah exclaims.

"We hadn't won for three or four games, so we really needed to get back to winning ways, and we worked really hard during the week to prepare for this game.

"[Ipswich] are a good side, so we had to be on it."

The clean sheet represents the fifth of the season for the team, and Debrah highlights the way The Lions have defended as a unit.

"We're proud of the clean sheet - we always take pride in defending well. It's not easy to defend for 90 minutes but we had to stay switched-on.

"People think clean sheets are just an achievement for defenders, but it's not - it's the whole team. Everyone contributes all over the pitch to make it possible."

Debrah claims whilst he enjoyed breaking the deadlock, it was imperative the team made their hard work in training pay off.

"It was a good goal and it was great to score, but the most important thing was to get the win against the League leaders.

"We worked so hard in training over the past week towards this game, so the thing I'm most pleased with is the performance."

Recent games this season have seen Debrah build a partnership with fellow defender Mich'el Parker at the heart of the back four - something he is relishing.

"I'm really enjoying playing alongside Mich'el. He's a really good player.

"He gets us passing the ball more, we know each other's game and cover each other, and I think we can keep building a solid partnership."

Until the last two years, Debrah was a striker and was brought into the club in an attacking mould - but says after working with his coaches during his U18 days, he made the transition to a defensive role.

"When I was a first-year scholar, the change of position happened in training under Chris Perry and Larry McAvoy, my coaches at the time," the youngster explains.

"They saw something in me as a central defender that showed promise. Obviously there have been some ups and downs, but I'm just enjoying my football right now and I couldn't be happier."

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