Millwall's Williams: 'Ben works hard every day and deserved his goal – we were delighted for him'

SHAUN Williams said Millwall’s players were “delighted” for Ben Thompson after the midfielder scored his first goal of the season in the 4-1 win over Barnsley last weekend.

Thompson swept home a cross from Aiden O’Brien to put his side 2-1 up, before being mobbed by his team-mates.

It was just Thompson’s third start of the campaign, all of them in cup competitions, after George Saville and Ryan Tunnicliffe arrived in the summer to add extra competition in midfield.

Williams also praised Tunnicliffe, who got his opportunity after the Irishman missed 10 weeks following a knee ligament injury he picked up in September.

“It took him a couple of games to get going but he has acquitted himself brilliantly and took his chance,” Williams said.

“I was delighted for Ben, he works hard on his game every day. I’m glad it paid off for him, he’s a great lad and deserved his goal.

“Everybody was delighted for him.

“The gaffer likes to bed in the young lads. Twards [Kris Twardek] is coming through and Kristian [Brymora] has been around the squad. It’s a credit to the club the way they have produced these players.”

Millwall had lost five successive games against Barnsley, including the 2016 League One play-off final when Williams came on as a late substitute.

The win over the Tykes has set up a fourth-round tie against Rochdale.

Williams admitted it was good to finally defeat their recent bogey side after also losing to them 3-1 earlier this season.

“I missed the one in the league as I was injured but I definitely felt last Saturday was some retribution for the play-off final,” Williams added.

“It’s nice to get a home draw in the next round as well, we’ve been doing well at The Den.”

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John Kelly