Millwall boss: Thompson performance a positive in defeat

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Neil Harris said the performance of Ben Thompson was one of the few positives he took from Saturday’s 4-0 defeat to Coventry.

The midfielder replaced Lee Martin at half-time and gave some much-needed urgency to his side.

He also showed a willingness to get forward and shoot, with one effort from 25 yards forcing Coventry keeper Lee Burge into a full-length save.

Harris said: “If you’re asking for positives then there was Ben Thompson, who I thought did really well.

“I think he showed the whole squad what it means to represent this club and, just as importantly, what it means to him to represent Millwall.

“I was really pleased for Ben, he really impressed when he came on with his pace and energy in the middle of the park.

“And he certainly showed courage to get on the ball.”

Sky blues boss Tony Mowbray, meanwhile, defended Lions keeper David Forde after the Irish international had been lobbed by striker Adam Armstrong for Coventry’s opening goal.

The keeper has been criticised by the home crowd this season, but Mowbray preferred to emphasise the quality of his on-loan Newcastle forward.

“I think Forde’s been a very good goalkeeper for his club, he’s been around a while,” Mowbray said.

“Armstrong deserves great credit for his goal.  A few minutes earlier Forde had come out of his goal playing like a sweeper-keeper, assuming he’d thought that because Armstrong is so fast he has to help his defenders.

“That happened two minutes before Armstrong received it 40 yards out and he didn’t even look, he knew the keeper would be off his line. That just shows his quality.”

John Kelly

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25 thoughts on “Millwall boss: Thompson performance a positive in defeat

  • August 17, 2015 at 10:55
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    one word on saturdays game, EMBARRASSING

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    • August 17, 2015 at 11:33
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      @TONY BLOCK28: 100% agree tony. Credit where it's due, Coventry were a class act in every area of the pitch. Talking of pitches, wasn't the idea of a bigger pitch to be an advantage to us. Looks like another own goal. You couldn't write this s***. Still, not all bad, the scum lost

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  • August 17, 2015 at 11:35
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    Fk off mowbray forde has been a liability now for 2 seasons plus , why dont you fking have him.

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  • August 17, 2015 at 11:37
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    Forde need 2 go end of story farewell fordy

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  • August 17, 2015 at 11:40
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    Well done again ben great future totally respect him he show what MILLWALL is about aggression COYL better 2mra NOLU, WDC

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  • August 18, 2015 at 00:08
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    I don't see how you can find ant positives from a 4-0 defeat.

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  • August 18, 2015 at 01:04
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    On a lighter note,i have just read a under 18s report on the Millwall web sight ,there is one youngster with a absolutely fantastic name,Alex Mulrooney-Skinner with a name like that he has to be a winner and he need's to have broad shoulder's to get his name on the back of his shirt.
    Bring him on NH,surely he has to be as good as some of the ballerina's that played against Coventry.

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  • August 18, 2015 at 01:27
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    Archer
    Cummings
    Craig
    Beevers
    Ferguson
    Fred
    Thompson
    Upson (Upson seems to have more confidence running with the ball than Williams)
    PCH
    Gregory (Keep with the front 2)
    Morison

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    • August 18, 2015 at 07:36
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      @WembleyLion: I agree and there are 4 key changes from Saturday.
      Then pray it is much, much better than Saturdays total HUMILIATION.
      We just cannot afford a THIRD Home disaster in a row.

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  • August 18, 2015 at 08:55
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    Coventry looked very impressive on Saturday, reminded of how Bournemouth played at the den, they used the large pitch to their own advantage and moved it around hardly ever playing high long balls to nobody. The whole team was off but watching our back four with zero pace was painful.

    I see in article Mowbray Mowbray Article was moaning that he don't have much height in his team and that his players are all quite technical so they can't play direct like us... I find that just a little patronising! Who wants a team of cloggers just clueless devoid of any craft to lump the ball up the field to opposition and then to slow to track back when they counter with a Keeper playing sweeper!

    Like us hope there are changes in the starting line-up tonight - Forde, Webster, Martin and Williams: Out. Archer, Ferguson, Thompson and Cowan-Hall: In

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  • August 18, 2015 at 09:03
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    David Ford is an u ternational goal keeper with vast experience of this league and the club. He is at an age when he should be playing his best but he is certainly not achieving that and we can't ignore the fact that he hasn't had a settled back four in front of him for 3 seasons in a row. He has earned the right to be given time to recover his form but maybe dropping him for a few will not be a bad thing for him. Anyone who saw Barnet will know that Archer is capable of momenta of brilliance but also rash and poor decisions, a great keeper for the future but certainly not capable of plugging a leaky defence.

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    • August 18, 2015 at 09:40
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      @glyngo: sorry glyngo but Forde has had enough time to turn his game around,i have been convinced for some time now that Forde has a distance problem with his eyesight [i dont mean that as a joke] , as you say Archer is going to make mistake's,but the difference is he will make mistake's and hopefully get better,Forde has proved he is making mistake's and not learning from them.
      On sat one incident between Webster and Forde,webster cleared when under a little pressure and Forde
      advancing at the sametime to collect the ball ,there was never going to be a mix up,but Forde should have made it clear that it was his ball and he would have collected it easily,but what happened coventry got the ball from webster's clearance and our defence was under immediate pressure,
      It's Archer for me.

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  • August 18, 2015 at 09:10
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    Gregory experiment over. Get rid. Not good enough.

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    • August 18, 2015 at 09:45
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      @Glasshalffull: Gregory works his nuts off. You notice how good he is when he is not on the pitch like last season when he was taken off against Derby at home - suddenly we had no muscle up front,no outlet and nobody that could hold the ball up. Wasnt a great pen but it was on target. Look at his opening day pen - top quality. If there is such a thing as a "Millwall way" - this fella has it. Gritty and willing to scrap and mix it up. He will score plenty this season. 12 at least,plus 9 last year - wouldnt be a bad return considering where he came from.

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    • August 18, 2015 at 09:46
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      @Glasshalffull: Not sure about that, but we may well end up with Morison and O'Brien as the preferred front two

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    • August 18, 2015 at 10:01
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      @Glasshalffull: totally disagree Gregory made a huge difference when he came on against Barnet, with a settled partner he will work out.

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    • August 18, 2015 at 11:12
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      @Glasshalffull:

      Gregory works his b******* off - nuff said.

      Moro continued to work his nuts off back in league 1 the last time we were there and got untold stick for not scoring but the goals came and the rest is history.

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      • August 18, 2015 at 11:23
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        @Millwallsteve1972: Working hard on the pitch is a pre-requisite for a professional footballer. Scoring goals is what he is meant to do and he never looks like scoring. His record is atrocious and why on earth any one thinks he can take a Pen is beyond me. We won't get out of this league with him up front.

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        • August 18, 2015 at 13:01
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          @Glasshalffull:

          Fair comment as he's paid too but it's his all round game as well mate, none of us complained when he scored the pen winner at the Shrews which he dispatched confidently giving their keeper no chance.

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  • August 18, 2015 at 15:20
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    I think Gregory,Morison and Marquis should all the strickers attacking all together because it comes it will work and stay with the ball and push push push until the find them selves in Goal Scorring form COYL

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