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Local derby win impresses manager Kevin Nugent

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18 February 2020

Millwall Under 23s manager Kevin Nugent has labelled Tuesday afternoon's win against Crystal Palace as his 'favourite' of the season, after a 1-0 win over The Eagles.

With Storm Dennis continuing to create difficult playing conditions for teams across the UK, Nugent admits the game wasn’t ‘a classic’, but was delighted to see his side come out on top with all three points.

His side could’ve been trailing after just 10 minutes had it not been for the quick reflexes of goalkeeper Ryan Sandford. Tq Addy’s powerful low strike forced Sandford to get down quick to deny Palace early on.

Aiden O'Brien's headed effort just before the stroke of half-time was enough to seal the points for Nugent's side in the Professional Development League, extending The Lions' position in the top two by five points. 

Sitting just a point behind League leaders Watford and with a game in hand, Nugent was pleased with the attitude shown at Calmont Road.

Speaking to millwallfc.co.uk, he said: "It certainly wasn’t a classic game, but at this stage of the season with the wind, the rain and the pitch wasn’t amazing, I was so pleased with the character of the players.

“It was one of my favourite wins of the season because of the manner of which we applied ourselves. Having Aiden O’Brien and Jiri Skalak today was fantastic as well, but there were some good all-round performances today.

“Aiden scores in The Championship and he’s one of the lads who came through the system, so he was good today and his attitude is always spot on in these games.

“You were never going to get loads of silky, skilful performances in those conditions, so they had to show a different side of their game today. That was doing the basics in and out of possession, so it was good to get three points and a clean sheet.”


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