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Nugent reflects on "learning curve" in Cardiff defeat

U23 manager discusses Calmont contest and looks ahead to Charlton derby

18 February 2019

Kevin Nugent has reflected on Millwall's U23 side's defeat to Cardiff City on Monday afternoon, claiming that the disappointing match can act as a learning curve moving forward for his young Lions.

A first-half penalty from Lloyd Humphries took the three points to South Wales, with a limited number of chances created during the afternoon.

"It was a really disappointing performance and result," Nugent admits.

"It will be a learning curve for the young lads in consistency and doing the basics well. Some of our games this season have been cost by the odd individual error, but we've usually done the basics well and moved the ball in a good way.

"Today, it just didn't happen whatsoever, and the players are better than that. You need to have the basics covered on a consistent basis."

The U23 boss says his team did make an improvement after the half-time interval, but admits that Cardiff deserved their victory.

"I did think we were fractionally better in the second half, but there weren't too many positives to take from the game unfortunately and there was plenty we could have done better and will look to do better.

"Cardiff looked up for it, they played with a shape and caused us problems."

Nugent is now looking for a reaction from his team in their remaining games this season.

"Of course, we want to try and get a reaction," he states.

"We don't have a huge squad, so it's not always easy to shuffle it around and we do want to look at some of the lads in different positions, but naturally we're looking for a reaction from the boys in the next game."

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