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Donovan discusses Under 23s defeat and Dagenham loan

Young midfielder speaks after facing Crystal Palace for Kevin Nugent’s side

6 November 2018

Millwall youngster Harry Donovan says he is aiming to enter a spell of momentum this season after featuring for The Lions’ Under 23 side in their 2-0 defeat to Crystal Palace on Monday afternoon.

Donovan, who is eligible for Millwall's youth sides, as well as Dagenham & Redbridge where he is on a youth loan this campaign, firstly touched on his thoughts on a second straight defeat for the youngsters in the Professional Development League, following an eight-game unbeaten run.

“We’re obviously disappointed with the result,” Donovan states.

“We had to be patient, I thought we were okay in patches but not for long periods of the game, and they moved the ball well which made it difficult for us.

“It was a difficult midfield battle, [Palace] had some good players in there – the likes of Jonny Williams – and it’s always tough playing against a three-man midfield. But it’s obviously not the result we were looking for with the two goals towards the end.”

Signing a temporary deal with The Daggers in the summer to gain experience of men’s football, Donovan has made 13 appearances so far, as well as making Neil Harris’ Millwall bench in August’s Carabao Cup victory over Plymouth Argyle.

The midfielder hopes he can regain a regular starting place in the team as he picks up valuable time on the pitch.

“It’s been up and down [at Dagenham] this season as football always is.

“I started the first few games of the season, and then was out of the team for a while after being recalled by Millwall [for the Plymouth game].

“Hopefully now I can get on a good run of games, get some momentum and start showing what I can do.”

Donovan finally explains the differences he has found between this season’s spell with Peter Taylor’s side and the Under 23s football he has played for a number of years.

“I’m of the age now where [senior football] is what I need. I have to get that experience.

“I’ve played two seasons of Under 23s football and now regular men’s football is the next step.

“Senior football is a lot more physical and a lot quicker – you have to be more tactical and switched-on. Results also mean a lot more, it’s people’s livelihoods, so they are the main differences.”

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