Thompson: Millwall are "buzzing" – but staying focused

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BEN Thompson has stressed Millwall are taking it game by game as they continue to generate belief that they can bounce back to the Championship at the first attempt.

In what was expected to be a period of transition, Millwall are fifth in League One with Thompson one of nine payers from the youth ranks to play for the first team this season.

Neil Harris’ side will be chasing their fifth away league win in a row when they take on Doncaster Rovers on Saturday. That would strengthen their position in the top six and potentially close the six-point gap to the automatic promotion places.

After their 2-1 defeat to Barnsley on January 2 that difference was a daunting 16 points.

But six wins and a draw in eight games has brought the Lions right back into contention.

Thompson was outstanding last weekend in the 3-0 defeat of Peterborough at The Den and could be part of a side back in a play-off final in May.

The 20-year-old midfielder was there as a supporter when the Lions defeated Swindon Town 1-0 in 2010, but he isn’t allowing his attention to drift past this weekend’s clash at the Keepmoat Stadium.

“It was an unreal day, the atmosphere was fantastic,” Thompson said. “To get there again would be great but we’ve just got to focus on every game, take it step by step to get there.

“I never actually thought of (playing at Wembley) then, but now it’s realistic and you could see it happening.

“Everyone around the training ground is buzzing, everyone comes in with the right attitude looking forward to training and playing. If that keeps going there’s no reason why we can’t get there.

“You don’t look ahead, don’t get too carried away. Obviously each game is as just as important as the next. If you don’t focus on the next game you lose track of where you are.”

John Kelly

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