Thompson says Millwall fans created 'frightening' noise level

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BEN Thompson said the atmosphere at The Den on Friday night was the best he has experienced as a footballer and without comparison to anywhere he has played.

Millwall drew 1-1 with Bradford City in the second leg of their play-off semi-final to seal an aggregate win in front of 16,301 fans, the biggest home attendance this season.

And Thompson said the noise levels made it difficult to relay messages to team-mates.

“That was the loudest and best atmosphere I’ve ever played in,” Thompson said. “It doesn’t compare to any other ground I’ve been to or played at, it was frightening.

“Jimmy (Abdou) was standing five yards away from me and I’m screaming at him but he hasn’t got a clue what I’m saying. I had to go and tap him.

“When you hear the fans behind you, when they’re at top voice it spurs you on, you don’t get tired and you keep running. But you feel it the next day.”

Millwall went three goals ahead in the tie when Lee Gregory scored in the 34th minute, but Bradford pulled one back when Jamie Proctor levelled on the night just before the break.

That seemed like it would give Bradford a platform from which to launch a second-half onslaught, but Thompson explained there was no panic at half-time and Millwall comfortably saw out the tie.

“We were quite calm because we started the game two goals ahead and got to half-time still two goals ahead,” Thompson said. “It just meant they had less time to try to get two goals. We were quite relaxed and the manager told us to go out and play as we normally would and express ourselves and enjoy it.

“Both of them were very tough games, they tested us physically and mentally and gave us a good battle.

“The first half in the first leg made it for us with the three goals and we held on to that lead.”

Meanwhile, Millwall are confident of selling out their 39,754 ticket allocation ahead of this Sunday's final  against Barnsley at Wembley.

John Kelly