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White: “I’m delighted to be in and around the first team squad”

Young forward reflects on scoring winner in local U23 derby and making the first-team bench against Fulham last week

2 October 2018

Millwall youngster Lewis White says he is enjoying working hard with his teammates and coaches, and that he hopes for more opportunities with the first team.

White scored the only goal of the game with a free kick after 56 minutes as Kevin Nugent’s Under 23 side came out on top against Charlton Athletic.

The victory means the young Lions stay third in the Professional Development League South, and White commends the hard work of the team to maintain their good run of form.

“I thought it was a very good game in terms of work-rate – a derby like this one is always going to be tough,” he says.

“We grafted very well and nicked the goal in the second half from a deflection – but sometimes, that’s how games go. That bit of good fortune can lead to a goal.

“I’m delighted with the win, and now we move onto the next game.”

The win lifts Nugent’s side onto 14 points in the division, and stretches the team’s unbeaten record to six matches.

“I’ve said to the boys in the dressing room that we want to be serial winners,” states White.

“We drew our previous two games to this one, and now we’ve got the win, so we want to stay unbeaten and stay towards the top.

“Usually we’ve played [Charlton] and they’ve beaten us, but this year we’ve got the upper hand and managed to win the game.”

The 19-year-old praises Nugent and the coaching staff for overseeing his progress as a promising Millwall prospect – and highlights the importance of teamwork in future success.

“I’ve enjoyed working with the manager and the staff. I think they have a really positive attitude towards winning games and working as a team.

“Everything is about the team and not about individuals. We win, lose and graft together – sometimes when we don’t play as well, everyone is positive as long as we work hard.”

White’s performances notably earned him a place in Neil Harris’ senior matchday squad for The Lions’ Carabao Cup Third Round clash against Fulham last week – a taste of what the forward is hoping for more of in the near future.

“It was a great experience getting in the first team squad. I thought maybe I could get a little chance to come on, but it was great and hopefully there will be more of those to come.

“The Championship is obviously a very good standard, but it’s good to be in and around the squad and training with them. I’m delighted with that.”

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