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Thompson talks QPR, Huddersfield and bouncing back

Midfielder gives his take following first home loss

23 September 2019

Ben Thompson says Millwall are thoroughly disappointed to have lost their unbeaten home record last Saturday as Queens Park Rangers won 2-1 at The Den, but states the squad have all the ingredients to push themselves back into form.

The Lions sit 16th in the Sky Bet Championship following successive defeats, and Thompson gives his assessment.

“It was a tough one to take for us, we are gutted with the result,” the midfielder says.

“When we were pushing and then got the equaliser to make it 1-1, we looked threatening, and then obviously the mistake happened. But Bart will save us more than he’ll ever cost us this season – he’s a great ‘keeper and everyone knows that.

“We weren’t the best as a team, we need to do better – myself included – and push on now and bounce back. We’ve had a couple of bad results but we have no choice but to take them on the chin, not dwell on them and just react well.”

Thompson touches on his slightly deeper midfield role in a 3-5-2 formation selected by Neil Harris to combat Mark Warburton’s side, before turning back to how the spirit of the dressing room can bring the positive results back.

“[The formation] was something different, I feel comfortable anywhere in the midfield and wherever we’re needed depending on the opponents.

“I played in more of a holding role at the weekend as we adapted to QPR, but I can play attacking as well. Personally, as long as I’m playing football I’m happy.

“The overriding feeling is of the result and it of course hurts – we want and need the points in the Championship. I’m confident we can bounce back; we have a great set of lads in there. Everyone cares so much and gives 100% on the pitch and in training. We need to fix what’s going wrong – something needs to change – and hopefully, moving forward, we can pick up the points again.”

The Lions now prepare for a trip to West Yorkshire to take on Danny Cowley’s Huddersfield Town on Saturday – who sit rock-bottom of the League having taken just one point from their opening eight matches.

“The weekend is massive. We go away from home; we need to pick up our form on the road and it’s important that we look to go to Huddersfield and get points,” Thompson claims.

“They’re not doing so great at the moment and we need to bounce back massively, and I think we have enough in the dressing room and the set of lads we need to do so.”


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