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Nugent on London derby success

The Under 23s boss speaks...

1 October 2021

Kevin Nugent was pleased with the first-half in Millwall Under 23s' 3-1 Professional Development League win over Queens Park Rangers on Friday afternoon - but bemoaned aspects of the performance after the break.

Ben Thompson, Jon Dadi Bodvarsson and Besart Topalloj were on target in the victory, but with the third goal coming early on in the second-half, The Lions were indebited to goalkeeper Jordan Gillmore, who made a string of fine saves to keep Millwall's lead.

"We're really pleased with the first-half performance, especially after the Cardiff game, in which we were all disappointed - the team, my staff and myself," Nugent told millwallfc.co.uk.

"We bounced back today. The two goals in the first-half from Thommo and Jon Dadi were fantastic, but then we scored early in the second-half and our mentality seemed to change a little bit. Although we're pleased with the win, it's not going to paper over the cracks of parts of the second-half when QPR were maybe unfortunate to not get anything out of it at the end.

"Jordan made some fantastic saves. He kept us in the game early on against Cardiff, too. We're pleased with his progress, but the rest of the team should be patting him on the back. They've got to learn a bit about game mangement.

"We don't often play two games a week, you could tell by the players' tiredness come the end of the game, but the reality is that's first-team experience."


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