MILLWALL midfielder Nicky Bailey stepped up his recovery from a long-term injury as the U21s thrashed Bristol City 7-3 on Monday afternoon.
A calf problem has limited Bailey to just two appearances this season but he came through today's development fixture unscathed.
Bailey played 45 minutes as Aiden O'Brien's hat-trick inspired Neil Harris' young Lions to a convincing win.
Also on the scoresheet were Jack Powell (2), Dylan Casey and Ben Thompson.
Harris told the club's official site: "That was a crazy game of football!
"We played some fantastic attacking football in the first 30 minutes of the game and scored two. With no disrespect to Bristol, it could have been three or four at that stage.
"We were really composed in possesion, built lots of attacks through our centre halves and the midfield.
"It was great to see Nicky back, to see his enthusiasm and excitement. He played like a young kid at times, chasing everything.
"He is a real example of how to play in a development game as a senior pro. First class."