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Nugent summarises "difficult" season

The final word from the Under 23s boss...

5 May 2021

Kevin Nugent looked back on the 2020/21 season after steering his side to a final-day 2-0 victory at Hull City.

Goals from Tyrese Briscoe and Nana Boateng ensured The Lions defeated The Tigers at the KCOM Stadium, with the three points meaning that Millwall finished in sixth place in the Professional Development League South, just two points off third.

"The lads did really well, it was a tough game," Nugent told millwallfc.co.uk. "We had a few scholars in the side, which was good to see, and we stayed organised and disciplined, catching them on the attack a few times. We scored a couple of good goals from Tyrese and Nana. It was also great for the boys to play at a stadium for the first time this season."

As with all of English football, the 2020/21 campaign will be remembered for extraordinary reasons - and the boss summed up his side's season by saying: "It's been a really difficult season for all of the players. In terms of logistics, where we are training, the usual format of meetings and so on - we haven't had any of that. In terms of the League situation, it has been and up and down year.

"It's been a tough season, but the lads have coped with it well in very difficult circumstances."

One of the positives to come from this year, however, has been the emergence of talent from the Under 23s, many who have made the jump to the first-team - and that's something Nugent is thankful to Gary Rowett for.

"We started off well but then dipped off. However, we finished only one win away from third place. The real positive, though, is that we now have lads in and around the first-team, starting on a regular basis with Billy Mitchell and Danny McNamara and also with the likes of Hayden Muller and Tyler Burey. That can only be good for the football club and I thank the manager [Gary Rowett] for allowing the boys to make that step up.

"We've also had some lads out on loan who have had good spells - that's the name of the game."


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