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Thompson: “The boys are raring to go now”

Wednesday night’s goal hero commends spirit of Millwall camp

14 March 2019

Ben Thompson claims the Millwall squad will be “raring to go” for the remainder of the season after his first-half double helped secure a 2-0 victory for The Lions at Birmingham City on Wednesday night.

The three points lift Neil Harris’ side to 19th in the Sky Bet Championship, in what remains a very close-run race for survival.

“It’s a brilliant feeling to get the three points,” Thompson says.

“Coming off a few bad results and obviously looking at where we are in the table, there has been a bit of doom and gloom lately, but after this result I think everyone’s spirits will be high.

“Everyone will be raring to go now. We needed that little bit of confidence and that spirit in the team, and we were able to grind out the win – I thought it was an excellent performance from the boys.”

The midfielder commends the mental strength shown by his teammates to respond just three days after a disappointing defeat at Bolton Wanderers, and highlights that results and points are the bottom line for the remaining seven weeks of the Championship campaign.

“We have a great set of boys in the dressing room,” Thompson states.

“Of course, coming off the back of a defeat to someone below us in the League is going to be gutting. Everyone cares and wants the club to do well.

“After Bolton, we had to regroup, train hard and come to Birmingham for a result. Results are all that matters now, and next in the League we go to Leeds after the international break – what a game that is for us.”

The brace – with both goals assisted by Lee Gregory at St. Andrew’s Trillion Trophy Stadium – was the first of Thompson’s senior career, and the 23-year-old says he has taken confidence out of positive encouragement from manager Harris and club captain Steve Morison among others.

“It’s a brilliant feeling to score the goals, especially as I’d never scored two in a game before. Lee Gregory set them up nicely and put it on a plate for me both times.

“Obviously I want to be adding goals to my game, and I have the manager and people like Steve Morison onto me to be scoring more goals and looking to shoot.

“Luckily it came off for me today, and hopefully there will be more to come for the rest of the season.”

Having scored three in eight games – including his 100th Lions appearance last weekend – since returning from his loan spell at Kenny Jackett’s Portsmouth in January, Thompson again compliments the impact of his months at Fratton Park and talks of his delight at bringing his good form back to The Den.

“I feel great in myself. The loan spell at Portsmouth of course did me the world of good, and I can’t thank them enough for what they’ve done to help me grow as a player.

“Kenny and Joe Gallen down there gave me the opportunity to get my confidence back and it’s important for me that I was able to continue my momentum coming back here to Millwall. I feel I’m performing well so far, so long may it continue.” 

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