Millwall goalkeeper reveals unusual match ritual

MILLWALL goalkeeper Tom King revealed an unusual technique for keeping his concentration during games – he sings to himself.

King made his third senior competitive start in a Lions shirt against Gillingham in the EFL Trophy on Tuesday night.

The 21-year-old had had a relatively quiet evening, apart from Josh Wright’s opening goal which he could do little about, until the last moments of the game with Millwall protecting a 2-1 lead.

With the threat of penalties if Gillingham found an equaliser, King produced a crucial late block when he narrowed the angle to deny Jake Hessenthaler and help earn Millwall a place in the competition’s last 32.

And King will continue using the unique method to keep his mind on the job during periods of games when he isn’t overly busy.

King said: “It was a quiet game for me in terms of dealing with shots or crosses, etc.

“Obviously it’s nice to be able to help the team for all they do in front of me for the 90 minutes. That’s why I don’t have a lot to do, because they’re defending so well in front of me. Anything I can do to add to the team in the last moments is a bonus.

“There are a few different techniques that Kevin Pressman has passed down to me, techniques he used when it was a quiet game, and David Forde before he moved on to Portsmouth as well.

“One is keeping myself in the game by talking (to team-mates). I also talk to myself now and again to keep myself focussed and ready to make the vital save at the end.

“I might sing or something like that and it keeps me ticking over. I’m always trying to predict what might happen and it keeps me really alert and on my toes.

“It might be like a chant or something like that and I’ll sing along with it and it keeps me focussed and in tune with the game.

“Different things work for different people and I’ve found that that’s worked so far for me in my career and I’ll continue using it until it doesn’t.”

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John Kelly