Malone keen to nail down left-back berth in Millwall defence

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SCOTT Malone says he wants to firmly establish himself as Millwall's first-choice left-back this season.

The 21-year-old, signed from Bournemouth in the summer, played on the wing against Blackpool on the opening day of the Championship season but says he feels more comfortable in defence.

Malone scored his first Lions goal in the 2-1 win at Peterborough last month and provided the assist for Andy Keogh's second goal against Middlesbrough on Saturday.

And the former Wolves trainee believes he is adjusting to Championship football after spending his formative years in the lower leagues.

"It's definitely been a step up from League One and League Two," he told Lions Live.

"The pace is much faster and players are quicker and stronger too. I think the Blackpool game was a bit of an eye-opener for me.

"I've played both in midfield and at left-back throughout my career. I don't think any of my previous managers stuck with one position for me and the gaffer's done that here to start with.

"But I do see myself as a left-back; I think you saw against Blackpool on the opening day that I didn't look comfortable on the wing.

"That could also have been because it was my first game in the Championship and I came away from that game a little disheartened.

"But a few of my family members said I was up against one of the best teams in the division and since then I feel I've improved."

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4 thoughts on “Malone keen to nail down left-back berth in Millwall defence

  • September 4, 2012 at 09:34
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    From those comments, he seems like an honest down to earth lad. I'm hoping that he proves good enough to get his wish, and that he nails down that left back position for a good few years. Do I think that will happen? No, but I hope I'm wrong.

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  • September 4, 2012 at 11:22
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    Was very impressed with him on Saturday.
    Particularly his willingness to get forward.
    He has a good touch and his link up play is intelligent.
    Could be a clever find by Kenny.
    coyl

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  • September 4, 2012 at 17:28
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    I like him - I think he will continue to improve and make the left back shirt his own

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  • September 4, 2012 at 17:39
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    Without doubt a better left back then left winger. Not the type of player to take on anyone with skill but benefits from the space created when were breaking forward.

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