Millwall's Smith: I loved it and can't wait for more

MILLWALL’S new star Harry Smith promised he has his “feet on the floor” after his sensational goal-scoring debut for the club at Luton on Tuesday night.

Smith pounced for a brace in the last 10 minutes at Kenilworth Road to give Millwall a 3-1 win as they made it three wins from three to finish top of their southern section Checkatrade Trophy group.

Smith found out the day of the game he would be making the first senior start of his fledgling professional career, and he has already started to justify Millwall’s decision to pluck him from the eighth tier of English football in the summer.

The 21-year-old centre-forward’s father and brother-in-law were in the crowd, as were a number of his friends.

Asked afterwards if he had been nervous, he said: “If I’m honest I thrive on it. I don’t really feel it a lot. I’m just buzzing.

“You’ve got a crowd, the fans were good, they turned up in their numbers for a Tuesday night.

“It’s different. When you play for the U23s you haven’t got that many people around. There were a couple of thousand there and you’ve got more experienced players around you. I loved it and can’t wait for more.

“I’ve got to keep my feet on the floor and kick on. Hopefully there are many more moments like that to come.”

With doubts over the fitness of Steve Morison after the knee injury he suffered against Southend, Smith could get a chance to try to open his goal account at The Den this weekend against Bristol Rovers.

Smith said Morison and Tony Craig passed on some words of advice before the game, and he even attempted a trademark Morison strike at one point.

“Him and TC spoke to me before and told me to enjoy myself,” Smith said. “Like the gaffer they just give me their experience and it helped massively.

“At one stage I tired an audacious 50-yarder that didn’t work out. I think he’s the only one who can pull them off at the moment!”

Nineteen-year-old Irish centre-back Paul Rooney also made an impressive senior debut, and he earned Neil Harris’ praise afterwards.

Harris said: “Roons has come from playing Irish football and he has had to adjust to the pace of full-time training, both him and Harry.

“Roons has got great ability with the ball at his feet, he reads the game really well. I said to him, playing against Craig Mackail-Smith, who’s a £3million striker, he has to make good decisions. And he had a good day.”

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