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Nugent praises "excellent performance" in Hornets draw

Under 23s boss on Watford encounter...

21 September 2020

Millwall boss Kevin Nugent was happy with his players after Monday's Professional Development League draw - but he wants more.

Junior Tiensia and George Alexander found the net as The Lions took the lead and then came from behind to draw with The Hornets, securing a second successive point after an opening day draw with Ipswich Town last week.

Nugent, manager of last season's championship-winning Under 23s side, explained how despite his side's performance, the rewards should have been greater.

"I'm really disappointed that we didn't win it, because I thought we deserved to," he told "The majority of it was an excellent performance, individually and collectively.

"We were a bit unfortunate in conceding at 1-0, but we should've been more in front by then. There was a misunderstanding in terms of their first goal, and then they get another, but the lads showed tremendous character to come back and get a draw. Their heads could've gone down, but that's never in doubt with these players.

"We should have six points instead of two and we should have more goals than we do by now, so that's something to work on."

With names such as Tiensia, Hayden Muller, James Brown and Tyler Burey - all Under 23 regulars - having made first-team appearances in recent times, Nugent is keen to keep that tradition going - and the systems and shapes used by first-team boss Gary Rowett is now filtering down to the younger sides.

"We've got the majority of the same group as last season and we're working on a new shape to match the first-team as well, which is enjoyable. We won the League last season, which was pleasing, but we've had players in and around the first-team, which is what the goal is. We also have lads out on loan, such as Danny McNamara.

"There's a lot of different avenues with regards to what success is, but we're certainly getting there."

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