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Nugent reviews Calmont draw

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15 March 2021

Kevin Nugent praised his side's attacking play against Bristol City, but also stressed the need to "tighten up" at the back.

Millwall's Under 23s played out a 3-3 draw with Bristol City on Monday afternoon in the Professional Development League, with Abdul Abdulmalik, Sean O'Brien and Jack Leahy on target as The Lions recovered from 1-0 and 3-2 down.

The draw extended the run without a win to eight matches, but Nugent told millwallfc.co.uk that improvement is showing in his team.

"We've lost a few on the bounce, but haven't performed that badly in a few of them - some of them have actually been good performances - so it was nice to have some attacking play and get three goals," he said.

"The boys showed really good character to come back from 1-0 down to go 2-1 up and also to equalise after going 3-2 down. Their goalkeeper has made a couple of fantastic saves, too, so we could've edged it if not for that. It will also be interesting to see if their third did actually cross the line."

Despite The Lions being more potent in front of goal than in past matches, two of Bristol City's goals came from Louis Britton reacting quickest after Ryan Sandford pulled off two smart saves.

"I haven't seen the goals back, but I think they were poor ones to concede, so that's something we'll have to work on and tighten up on.

"[Strikers reacting quicker is] something we've flagged up a lot. Our defenders have to smell danger whilst the strikers sense opportunity in those situations. It's something we'll continue to work on."


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