Millwall's Thompson: Don't waste chances against Blackpool

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BEN Thompson has urged his teammates to take their chances against Blackpool this weekend after they let Wigan off the hook on Tuesday night.

Millwall have 12 games left this season, with automatic promotion beginning to look more difficult and a clutch of sides scrambling for a top-six place.

And Thompson doesn’t want Millwall to be as wasteful as they were against Wigan when they had 20 efforts on goal.

“We had numerous chances but the ball just didn’t drop for us, it was one of those days,” Thompson said.

“Chance after chance came and by the end we were thinking ‘One’s got to go in, surely’. But it didn’t go for us and on Saturday hopefully if we get those chances we can put them away.

“We have to take it into the next one. We’ve got Blackpool, that’s a massive game for us again. But every game for us is important now.

“We just have to make sure we take all our chances on Saturday.”

Tuesday night’s game was developing an intriguing tactical edge before Sam Morsy was sent off, and Thompson gave an insight into Millwall’s approach to stopping Wigan, who have one of the highest possession statistics in the league.

“We wanted to break up their rhythm, not let them get into their usual game plan and play it out from the back,” Thompsonn explained. “We didn’t let them play it out and made them kick it long because our strengths are in the air.

“We pushed up on the deepest midfield player to make sure he didn’t get it and I think it worked.

“There was a lot of movement from them but it was just about talking to each to make sure we knew where all their players were. Communication was key in that game and we did it really well.”

John Kelly