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Young Lions respond with three-goal victory over Coventry

Kevin Nugent's youngsters secure three points at Calmont Road

4 February 2019

Millwall's Under 23s returned to fifth place in the Professional Development League South on Monday afternoon following a 3-0 victory over Coventry City at Calmont Road.

A stunning early strike from Mason Saunders-Henry started the game in excellent fashion for The Lions just three minutes in, before a late header from Jiri Skalak and a clinical hit from George Alexander sealed the points for Kevin Nugent's team.

Needing to win the game to move level on points with The Sky Blues, Millwall began on the front foot and wasted no time in taking the advantage, as Skalak picked up the ball on the edge of the area and laid on an opportunity for Saunders-Henry, who fired a perfect hit high into the net off the upright.

The game became somewhat of a midfield battle for the remainder of the first half, with occasional chances outside the Coventry box falling to Jethro Hanson and Lewis White, which were both dealt with.

Alexander sniffed out an opportunity just before the interval as he latched onto Fred Onyedinma's neat ball, but was just unable to find the target under pressure from his marker.

The second half picked up where the first left off, with both sides looking assured at the back and restricting one another to limited chances on goal.

Saunders-Henry, in a central role, alongside Hanson controlled the tempo well for The Lions, with the guidance of Alex Pearce behind them proving a welcome boost and the fellow experience of Tom King between the sticks.

King was forced into his first major save in the final 10 minutes, with Reece Allassani cutting in-field from the left and firing a low strike into the palms of the outstretched goalkeeper.

It could have turned out very differently for Coventry, whose best chance arrived four minutes from time when substitute David Bremang found himself through on goal, but placed his effort wide of the mark.

Millwall made The Sky Blues pay immediately, with Pearce sending a beautifully weighted ball over to Onyedinma, who worked well to reach the byline before floating a pinpoint cross to Skalak to nod home from point-blank range.

And the cherry was added onto the cake with almost the final action of the game, as Czech international Skalak claimed another assist with a pulled-back ball to Alexander, who lashed a terrific strike into the bottom corner past Corey Addai to make it three.

Next up for Nugent's young side is Friday's League trip to Bristol City, who they sit above by two points following the victory.

Millwall: King; Harvey, Pearce, Parker, Tiensia; Skalak, Hanson, Saunders-Henry (Mitchell 83'), White; Onyedinma, Alexander. Subs not used: Wright, Topalloj, Skeffington, Duncan.

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