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Nugent praises character in Charlton draw

Read from the Under 23s boss

4 November 2019

Millwall Under 23s boss Kevin Nugent lauded his players for their "graft" after two late goals salvaged a point against Charlton Athletic in the Professional Development League at Calmont Road on Monday afternoon.

Strikes from Chuks Aneke and Abraham Odoh gave The Addicks a 2-0 lead, and with that advantage still standing with 10 minutes remaining, it looked as though bragging rights would head back to The Valley.

However, George Alexander and Besart Topalloj struck late on to secure a share of the spoils.

"I was really pleased with the character of the players today," Nugent told "I didn't think we deserved to be 2-0 down.

"We started slow, but then picked up from there as the first-half went on. Their goal was completely against the run of play. They had some good players out there as well, though, so I'm pleased we came back."

The Lions' strong home record hit a bump last week as Queens Park Rangers became the first side to win on the Under 23s' home soil, and Nugent explained his thinking behind his want for a reaction.

"I asked for a reaction - I've got a thing about not getting beaten twice. That's at all levels. You get beaten twice, then the next game becomes a pressure game. We like to keep that balance.

"We could've done more with the goals we conceded, but our subs came on and did really well. It's really pleasing for the players. At 2-0 down, they're young lads, their heads could have gone down, but they carried on going, kept grafting and got the two goals."

Isaac Olaofe and James Brown are two players making their way back from long-term injuries, and the boss provided an update on their fitness after the game.

"They're getting closer to doing the full 90 minutes now. That's the next stage. We're just making sure we monitor their situation, but they're close to being fully available now."

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