Millwall loan watch: Thompson admits he's enjoying football again as he makes instant impact

BEN Thompson made his debut for Portsmouth on Saturday – and was named man of the match.

Thompson, 22, played in midfield for Kenny Jackett's side and was also booked in Pompey's 4-1 win at home to Oxford.

Afterwards, Thompson revealed he almost joined Portsmouth last January.

"It's been in the offing for a good few weeks. Last season in January I was going to come here but it didn't work out," he said.

"There were talks of a move in January but nothing was ever finalised. I stayed at Millwall and I don't think it was the right time for the club to maybe let me go out on loan.

"Second time around, it has finally all worked out. All the stress is out of the way, I'm here, I'm playing and I just can't wait to keep going.

"Hopefully I'll play in all of the games and get three points every week. It's a good opportunity for me to come down here, play football, get some minutes under my belt and enjoy my football again because I wasn't really at Millwall."

Also in League One at the weekend, Tom King kept a third successive clean sheet as AFC Wimbledon drew 0-0 at Barnsley. King has yet to concede a league goal since joining the Dons.

In League Two, Sid Nelson was an unused substitute as Swindon came from two goals down to defeat Tranmere Rovers 3-2.

Harry Donovan wasn't involved as Dagenham & Redbridge lost 2-1 at Halifax in the National League.

In the Scottish League Cup, James Brown was on the bench as Livingston lost 1-0 at home to Motherwell in the second round.

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