Millwall debutants earn manager's praise

NOAH Chesmain was “exceptional” in Millwall’s 2-0 win over West Brom’s U23s on Tuesday night, his manager Neil Harris said.

Chesmain, an 18-year attacking left-back, made his full Millwall debut against the Baggies after one appearance as a substitute against Bury in League One last season.

He was first to threaten for the Lions when he skipped past two tackles to slam an effort towards goal that briefly seemed to knock out young Baggies midfielder Shaun Donnellan.

Chesmain earned roars of approval from the home fans with a couple of challenges that sent opposition players spinning, and he is expected to make a first-team impact this season.

Harris also praised Canadian underage international Kris Twardek, who also made his full debut for the club.

Harris said: “I was pleased with Twards, he’s a winger who’s going to be in and out of the game. He’s going to give the ball away, he’s going to put a great ball into the box, he’s going to go past two and then he’s going to tread on it.

“That’s what most wide players do. I was pleased with him and I thought Noah was exceptional. I thought he showed his quality and showed glimpses to the fans what he was all about. He’s a tough-tackling full-back who can get forward and he’s got real quality in the final third.

“I was really pleased with him (Tuesday) night.”

Meanwhile, Harris urged Jimmy Abdou to throw more caution to the wind after the midfielder scored just his ninth goal in 325 Millwall appearances to set the Lions on their way against James Shan’s side.

“What Jimmy’s got is the ability to make a forward run at the right time,” Harris said. “I’m always on at Jim – and I’ve known him a long time – about finishing, finishing, finishing.

“The way we play and the form we’ve been in over the last 10 months our midfield players should be scoring goals. Jimmy had three really good opportunities last week (against Nottingham Forest) that could have won us the game comfortably. And he didn’t take them so I’m really pleased that he scored.”

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John Kelly