Senior Lions players help Millwall youngster

SOMEONE who hopes to be Millwall’s next wing wonder is benefiting from being in the presence of the club’s senior players.

Rob Harvey was signed from Isthmian League Premier Division side Brightlingsea during the summer and has become a regular for the under-23s.

He predominantly plays on the right wing, helping his side to an eight-game unbeaten league run before a 3-2 defeat to Colchester was followed up with a 2-0 loss at Crystal Palace.

Harvey admitted the side were on the receiving end of a dressing down from boss Kevin Nugent at 3-0 down to Colchester at half-time, but members of Neil Harris’ squad such as Byron Webster and Ryan Tunnicliffe offered words of encouragement.

Harvey, 19, got his first goal of the club after the break but the Lions still lost 3-2.

“It was nothing less than we deserved, it was a poor performance but we came out and turned it around as well as we could,” Harvey said.

“The senior players didn’t stand up and start shouting at everyone. We got the bollocking you’d expect from the manager. Everyone knew what we’d done in the first half was not acceptable, so we knew there needed to be a reaction.

“It’s nice playing with and against senior pros, it’s more of a challenge. Everyone who comes down from the seniors is very professional. They’re always encouraging us and offering little bits of advice and support, and it all adds to your game.

“They just help by saying the right things.

“It was nice to get my first goal, it took a while. The keeper punched it out and I lobbed it over him and the defender, though sadly it didn’t mean much.

“[Palace] was difficult, I think the scoreline flattered them. They came at us the first 15 minutes but it was quite even after that.

“I thought we played quite well.”

*Read a long interview with Rob Harvey in this Thursday's Southwark News, where he talks about his Millwall trial, arguments with his mum over exams, and being summoned to hear the news whether he would earn a deal or not.

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John Kelly