BEN Thompson says he is ready to fill the midfield gap should Shaun Williams miss Millwall's clash with Sheffield United this Saturday.
Thompson came on for the injured Williams after 50 minutes at Bloomfield Road and had a chance to put the Lions two up only to see his effort blocked.
Instead Millwall ended up having to grind out a point after Carlos Edwards had been dismissed and Jack Redshaw's penalty cancelled out Mark Beevers' opening goal.
Thompson, 20, felt his side were unlucky not to get the three points, but stressed they need to start finishing the chances they are creating.
He said: "Straight away I had a chance and personally I felt I should have scored. I was disappointed I didn't.
"We had a bit of bad luck, it wasn't the best of goals. The defending had been great throughout the game. We had a lot of chances, me as well, and we've got to score.
"I think we need to practise in training and get it sorted on matchday.
"It was very disappointing. We should have come out with three points. It was tough towards the end with 10 men but we should have dealt with it.
"But everyone stuck together, everyone was talking to each other and I thought we dug in well.
"We're disappointed not to get three points but pleased with the performance."
Thompson could be required to partner George Saville against the Blades this weekend, and he thought they struck up an understanding against Neil McDonald's side.
"George is a good lad," he said. "He's a great player and he was talking to me throughout the game as well as me talking to him. I thought we worked well together.
"Over the last few months I've been coming on as a substitute and starting a few games as well. I'm slowly going used to it and coming on (Tuesday) I felt comfortable with the pace, got straight into it and got stuck in.
"We'll see what happens with Shaun's injury. It looked bad when he went down, I don't like seeing that. But if I've to step in for him I'll try and do my best.
"Every day is a learning curve for me, every game I'm learning new things. Every bit of experience helps and I feel I'm slowly getting better and better."