Unsung hero Donovan impresses Millwall U21 boss Skinner

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MILWALL U21 boss Justin Skinner says new signing Harry Donovan is an “unsung hero”.

Donovan, 17, made his first start for the Elite Development Squad since his move from Arsenal as Skinner’s side came from a goal down to knock Swansea out of the Premier League Cup on Monday night.

Swansea went ahead just before the break through Keston Davies but Mikael Ndjoli equalised and Millwall held on through extra-time before Ndjoli grabbed a dramatic last-gasp winner to send his side through to the last 16.

It was a big scalp for Millwall, who operate a Category Two academy, against a club who have Category One status.

And Skinner was delighted with the contribution of the new recruit.

The U21 manager said: “He’s come to prove himself and win an U21s contract, which shows a lot of character.

“I’m not being funny but a lot the boys that come from the top clubs expect contracts at clubs like ours, but he’s agreed to come in and prove himself.

“He did very well (against Swansea). It was his first game for the U21s the other night. He didn’t know he was playing until we named the team before kick-off and he applied himself really well.

“He’s an unsung hero in midfield. He breaks things up, keeps things nice and easy but at the same time you can see he can really play.

“Hopefully he’ll be one that can come through the system.”

John Kelly