Consistent Webster shows Millwall fans what he's made of

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BYRON Webster believes he is showing what he is capable of after a consistent run in the first team.

Tuesday night’s clean sheet in the 0-0 draw against Wigan was Millwall’s fifth in their last seven games in all competitions, with 28-year-old centre-back Webster the only ever-present in defence in all seven of them.

He has been a constant in Millwall’s back four since he was left on the bench for the 1-0 defeat to Walsall on Boxing Day, with Mark Beevers, Sid Nelson, and even Joe Martin for a spell following Beevers’ red card against Oxford in January, as central defensive partners.

Webster has made 36 appearances so far this season compared to just 13 in his first season after signing from Yeovil Town in the summer of 2014. And his future with Millwall appeared in doubt when he spent the latter part of 2014-15 on loan at his former club.

But he has become a mainstay of the team this season in an understated and no-nonsense way, and he thinks the consistency of the selection policy has been key to his own and Millwall’s recent high level of performance.

“I’m happy with the way things are going, both personally and with the collective,” Webster said.

“I always believed that if I had a chance of playing games I’d be able to stay in the team.

“Even at the start of the season it was hard to get a run of games. It seemed to be every time I had an average game I’d be taken out last year, and at the start of this year.

“Whereas when I’ve been able to get a run of game it’s been alright. But I think that’s the same for everyone. I think you need to play five or six games to get into the rhythm of games and to get that confidence and consistency.

“I grew up watching Man United and when their spine of the team was kept the same they went on to win a number of titles.

“Whatever club it is if you keep a consistent team it helps a lot.”

John Kelly