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Thompson: “We have to go to Hull with the belief from Derby”

Midfield man touches on scoring last weekend, preparing for Hull and maintaining fitness

25 February 2019

Ben Thompson has discussed Millwall’s busy run of games of late, and insists it is now all about moving on and putting sole focus in Tuesday night’s Sky Bet Championship trip to Hull City.

The Lions make the journey north off the back of a disappointing 3-1 defeat to Preston North End at The Den on Saturday, with one positive being an instant impact from Thompson, who fired home a consolation midway through the second half shortly after entering the pitch.

“I think in the first half, we didn’t come out the traps quick enough,” the midfielder says.

“It obviously wasn’t the best performance – we went 3-0 down – the second half was when we picked it up a bit, but by then the damage was done.

“I felt like I did what I was asked to when I came on, which was to make an impact and help the boys try and get back into the game. I thought I did that, but there’s no need to be dwelling on Preston now – we have to move on and look at Tuesday night.”

Thompson explains the importance of putting matters right at the KCOM in the week – a ground The Lions took three points from last season – and claims there is “no reason” why Neil Harris’ squad will not be fully match-sharp in what is now the seventh and final game in a demanding February.

“Hull are a massive club and a great team who have been doing well. We just have to go there with the belief that we did at Derby and look to go and get the three points.

“There are a lot of games at this stage of the season – they’re coming thick and fast, especially with the FA Cup.

“I think the boys are handling it quite well, and we obviously have our recovery sessions put on after games, where everyone does what they need to do to be ready for the next one. I think the fitness levels in the squad are very good, which is something we as a squad have a reputation for and I see no reason why we won’t be ready for Tuesday.”

The 23-year-old has made four Championship appearances since returning from a successful loan at Kenny Jackett’s Portsmouth in League One, and now finds himself battling for a regular spot in the middle of the park with Shaun Williams, Ryan Leonard and Ryan Tunnicliffe.

“There are obviously four of us central midfielders who are competing for places in the squad, which is healthy for us,” Thompson says.

“Everyone has been excellent both in training and in games, so it’s hard to get into the starting XI.

“That’s what you need as a club, and it’s what you need to push you on as players and as a team. The competition is good and hopefully it continues to bring the best out in us players.”


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