Millwall youngster Rob Harvey has called on The Lions’ Under 23s to return to their high standards quickly after being beaten 3-2 by Colchester United at The Den in the Professional Development League.
The wide man has been a regular in Kevin Nugent’s side this season which went eight matches unbeaten in the division before Tuesday afternoon’s defeat, going in at half-time three goals down before fighting back to a closer scoreline.
“The first half was simply not good enough – we’ve never played that badly since I’ve been here,” Harvey admits.
“In the second half, we did what we should have been doing and that was to work a lot harder and put them under pressure, but we killed ourselves with a diabolical first-half performance.
“We won more second balls after half-time, worked harder all over the pitch and just sharpened up. We got back to a good starting point, did more of the basics and played more like we have throughout this season.”
Harvey got himself on the scoresheet 11 minutes into the second half, lobbing home a neat strike from outside the area to reduce the arrears before Isaac Olaofe further responded late on – and feels confident that he and the team can swiftly move on.
“We have to learn from it. We have plenty of levels to kick onto from what we showed in the second half. We just have to put our mistakes behind us today, and hopefully we can get onto another good run.
“I do feel confident. It’s always nice to get a goal, but you can be as confident as you like – if you don’t match it with a good, hard-working performance, you’re never going to get anywhere.”
The teenager arrived at The Den in the summer from non-league Brightlingsea Regent, and feels he is acclimatising well to life as a professional.
“I’ve really enjoyed it since I’ve signed. It’s a lot quicker, which I’ve had to get used to, but I’ve really enjoyed stepping up and it has generally gone really well.
“It’s great to learn new things, and it’s a dream come true playing here, and this is only the start of it – I want to keep progressing here.”