Jack Powell hopes to be Millwall set-piece taker next season

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JACK Powell hopes to be able to take set-pieces regularly for Millwall next season.

The 21-year-old replaced Shaun Williams after 65 minutes against Wimbledon and looked threatening with each of the Lions’ nine second-half corners.

He helped set up Sid Nelson’s last-minute equaliser in the 1-1 draw against the Dons on Saturday and the midfielder revealed he isn't nervous at holding dead ball responsibilities.

Speaking after Saturday's draw at Kingsmeadow, Powell said: “I’ve always got on the corners and set-pieces for the U21s last season.”

“I've set up goals from corners and scored from set-pieces, I try to put the ball in good areas with a lot of pace on so the big lads can get on the end of them and get a few goals.

“I think we looked dangerous from them when I came on and it’s something we will look to work on.

“I'm practicing them all the time and I always put myself forward for them.

“The gaffer has seen what I have done in the U21s with a dead ball and he puts me forward, so I don't feel flustered or feel under any pressure taking any set-pieces, and hopefully the lads can get on the end of them.”

Powell missed Tuesday’s draw with Bromley at Hayes Lane through injury, but admitted it was for the best as he got 25 minutes of pre-season under the belt against the Dons.

And the midfielder said that manager Neil Harris has told the team not to be too disappointed at not winning either warm-up game.

“I’m a little bit disappointed not to get minutes against Bromley,” Powell explained. “But I got a little knock beforehand and as a precaution I was pulled from of team.

“It was probably for the best to be safe in those circumstances so early in the season.

“It was good to get out on the pitch, though, and a last-minute equaliser is good at any time of the season, be it during pre-season or in the regular season, so we’re buzzing.

“We’re disappointed to get two draws in the two pre-season games, we feel we've dominated both games but it's always good to get a last-minute equaliser.

“We will keep going no matter what the score is, even if we are up by three goals or down by three goals, we will try and put the ball in the back of the net.”

Powell added: “It’s still early days and we’re still buying into what the gaffer wants.

“We’re simplifying things and getting into teams' faces: pressing high, and playing football in their half.

“We have be patient and not be too disheartened at not winning both games, but when the season starts it's when the real business happens.

“Hopefully we can put games to bed early on and go one or two goals up and enjoy the game.”

Jay Taylor

(@jay_taylor18)

33 thoughts on “Jack Powell hopes to be Millwall set-piece taker next season

  • July 20, 2015 at 09:26
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    I love this sort of talk good luck this season son thats the thing I love about youth no fear

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  • July 20, 2015 at 09:30
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    Really think he'll be a quality player, just hope he's upto the physicallity of league one

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