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Thompson: "We have to continue this brilliant feeling"

Midfielder in high spirits after Stoke triumph

28 October 2019

Ben Thompson has credited the display of he and his Millwall teammates as The Lions earned three points in Gary Rowett’s first Sky Bet Championship game, with a 2-0 win over Stoke City.

Thompson volleyed home the opening goal just short of the half-hour mark to open his account for the season, with Jed Wallace sealing the points with 15 minutes remaining.

“I thought the display was outstanding, and the boys were brilliant throughout,” the midfield man said to millwallfc.co.uk.

“Obviously it was the third game in a week, so the boys got a bit leggy, but they gave it their all and what a result for us and for the gaffer.

“It’s an all-round brilliant feeling, and we have to continue this now. We can build on that performance, especially in the first half, and overall it was a great game and great three points.”

Thompson is complimentary of new boss Rowett, claiming he fits into the Millwall style very well and also touches on his first goal of the campaign.

“I think the gaffer wanted a Millwall performance as we say, when you come to Millwall you have to show that spirit and heart and that’s a given.

“He doesn’t want to take that away from us. Maybe he wants to give us a bit more freedom to play, and we showed some brilliant build-up play and created some good chances. I think it’s just about building game-by-game and picking up as many points as we can to keep moving up the table.

“I’m definitely pleased to get on the scoresheet – I’ve been waiting to score one for a while, I nearly got one at Brentford but Bradders nicked it! It’s always nice to score, but the three points are what is massive for us.”

The 24-year-old talks about how the intense nature of Rowett’s early training sessions has helped the squad look to progress, and says it is time to improve the side’s away form heading into this weekend’s trip to Reading.

“Training has been tough and intense, and obviously the manager wants to drill into us what he wants from the team and from individuals.

“It’s been a tough few days, but we’ve been learning and we proved that on Saturday out on the pitch.

“Results at The Den this season have been brilliant, the style we play with and the fans behind us have been top class. Away from home, we’ve not been great, and I think we can all admit that and hold our hands up. We’re working on what we need to improve on, and that will push us up the table.”


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