BEN Thompson felt his performance in the 1-0 win over Fleetwood on Tuesday night was sub-standard – and he said he “won’t let it happen again”.
Millwall travel to Bury this weekend protecting a three-point gap to Barnsley in seventh and not yet out of contention for automatic promotion.
The Lions struggled for long periods against Fleetwood, needing Jordan Archer to pull off a couple of late saves to preserve the lead captain Steve Morison had given the side.
Thompson is one of a number of younger players, along with Jamie Philpot, Aiden O’Brien, Mahlon Romeo and Fred Onyedinma, manager Neil Harris has put his faith in as Millwall chase promotion to the Championship.
And Thompson revealed Harris’ instructions to his young side at half-time on Tuesday night were key to an improved display after the break.
“He didn’t go mental, he kept his cool and told us to relax a bit,” Thompson said. “Everyone seemed to be going 100 miles per hour, me included.
“We settled down a bit more in the second half.
“We’re in the business end of the season and it’s tough. We’re a young team as well with a bit of inexperience. But we still got the three points which is all that matters.
“Jamie came on, it’s probably the longest he’s been on the pitch and I thought he did very well. Mahlon was class as always, Aiden was good as well. It’s nice to be out there with them.”
Philpot and Onyedinma may be called on again for a crucial fixture this weekend with doubts over the fitness of Morison, Lee Gregory and Shane Ferguson.
And Thompson is determined to improve his own performance level for his boyhood team at Gigg Lane.
“It’s great to go out there to play for my club and now I think I enjoy it more than anything,” Thompson said. “I want to go out and play in front of the fans and do well for them and win.
“I’m very critical of myself. I thought I was poor on Tuesday but I’ll put it right on Saturday – I won’t let it happen again.”