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Nugent praises prolific young Lions display

U23 boss on 4-1 triumph over Coventry

10 October 2019

Kevin Nugent has praised a prolific display from his Millwall Under 23 side after the young Lions overcame the challenge of Coventry City with a 4-1 victory at The Den on Thursday afternoon.

A ruthless 18-minute spell in the first half saw Nugent's youngsters race into a stunning four-goal half-time lead, through George Alexander's brace, and strikes from Jayden Davis and Sam Skeffington.

Striker David Bremang pulled back a second-half consolation from the penalty spot for the visitors, as The Lions saw out the three points to move up to third in the Professional Development League South.

"It was a tough game to look at, as Coventry were high in the League table," Nugent says.

"I thought our players did really well, particularly in the first half, and I thought in and out of possession we were very, very good.

"There were some fantastic individual performances from our players, which helped add up to a solid collective display as well."

Nugent is pleased that the efforts on the training pitch from the squad came to fruition, particularly during the first half with numerous excellent goals.

"I was obviously really pleased with the first half. In the second half, I thought it was hard to maintain that, but we won the game which was the most important factor.

"The lads have worked really hard in training, and we've been quite unfortunate in the last couple of games - little errors here and there that have cost us matches that there has been nothing in.

"These boys are of course still learning, so it was really pleasing to see them go out and express themselves here."

The U23 manager praised the recovery of The Sky Blues after the interval to cut the deficit, before claiming that the win can prove crucial to the young Lions' confidence moving forward.

"The message at half-time was to keep a clean sheet and make sure we can stay comfortable and win the game. From there, you then go and see if you can score more goals.

"But Coventry were good in the second half, much improved, and Luke Steele made some good saves for us. It was a tough second half and the lads had to really dig in. Unfortunately we gave away the penalty but that's how it was, and we won the game.

"I hope this can give the group confidence. At times, we have lacked consistency this season, but there were some good performances which will stand them in good stead for the next few games." 

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