BEN Thompson paid tribute to his brother after Millwall’s 3-1 win over Charlton Athletic on Wednesday night.
Jack Thompson was just 16 when he died suddenly on December 20, 2014 and his older brother posted a Twitter message before the game on the two-year anniversary of his passing.
After Aiden O’Brien had opened the scoring against the Addicks, Steve Morison added a second with a brilliant volleyed finish and lifted his jersey to reveal a message for Jack.
“It’s the best feeling ever, me being a Millwall fan playing at home against Charlton in front of however many there, beating them like that is unbelievable, especially after my week,” Thompson said. “(Tuesday), it was two years since my brother died. He’d come down here and watch all the time and for Moro to lift up his shirt and say (This one’s for u, Jack), it’s the best feeling ever.
“If he went to watch me and I wasn’t putting 100 per cent in I’d come home and he’d tell me, he’d tell me straight. He was a massive Millwall fan, came to every game and sat in the east upper. Everything I do is for him.”
2 years today bro. Miss you more than anything. I know you'll be watching over tomorrow ??? pic.twitter.com/2GA6keecLZ
— Ben Thompson (@bennthompsonn) December 20, 2016
Thompson was superb against Charlton, setting the tone for a dominant performance by the home side by biting into a couple of early tackles.
Thompson said there was a frank exchange of views after their loss at Scunthorpe and the desire to get a result against their local rivals for the supporters was a big motivating factor.
"After the game on Saturday when we lost 3-0 there were some words said,” Thompson revealed. “Things were said in the dressing room, we knew we needed to change something. We needed a big result against Charlton, for the fans, it’s a local derby. They sit at work beside Charlton fans and don’t want to go there and take stick from them.
“It’s massive, and now we take that into the next game and go on and on. We’re on the same points as we were this time last year, anything can happen now, we need to stay focused and win as many games as possible.”
Millwall’s form picked up after Christmas last season, and Thompson feels having players like Morison and Shaun Hutchinson back from injury is crucial.
“That’s Millwall, we always start the season a bit up and down, up and down, it’s been like that for years,” he said.
“Having a fully fit squad going into the business end of the season is massive. Having Steve back is important, as you can see, he’s a top guy, top player and he drives the team on.
“Hutchinson was back in centre-back, I thought he did very well as well.
“Everything (Steve) does you see that little bit more: that little bit of extra skill, that little bit more movement. You can see he’s a top player who’s played at the top level.
“Anyone who saw that ball coming over, you’d think, ‘chest down, have a shot’. Not Steve, you know he’s going to volley it and put it in.”
Still buzzing from last night, great performance from the boys and what a touch this was from Stevie, top top guy ?? pic.twitter.com/4j3AgG9JTo
— Ben Thompson (@bennthompsonn) December 22, 2016