, Ben Thompson on Relegation scrap, QPR and his time at Portsmouth

Ben Thompson on Relegation scrap, QPR and his time at Portsmouth

Ben Thompson feels he is a better player after his loan spell at Portsmouth and has found a freedom in his football again.

Ben Thompson is back at Millwall and back in the first team. Since his return from Portsmouth he has been a mainstay in the Millwall team that has won two of their last three Championship games including Saturday’s win over West Brom.

Asked how big of a win it was Thompson said “Yeah massive. It’s a bit of a relief. Obviously we played so well the last three games, especially the Leeds game, we played so well but we just didn’t get a result out of it. Little errors cost us. Today I think we played very well. As a team I thought we were outstanding, rode our luck a bit with the penalty but I think we deserved the three points and it’s a massive push for us going into Wednesday night and that’s even more important now.

Jay Rodriguez missed a penalty with the score at 1-0 and asked as how big a moment that could be in the context of the season Thompson said “Massive, the last two games we had two penalty misses that’s quite rare, we’ve not had a lot of luck in the last 10 to 15 games, we’ve got a bit of luck in the last few games its nice it’s paying off.

The midfielder has scored four goals since his return and wants to add Millwall’s second against West Brom to his tally. “I’m claiming it no matter what! If I get a chance, I will claim it. It’s a bit of luck, it’s what’s happening at the moment. I’m getting into positions and hopefully it can continue.

The Lions host London rivals QPR on Wednesday knowing a win would pull Rangers back into the relegation scrap. The midfielder agrees. “Yeah 100%. There’s no reason we can’t go and beat them on Wednesday and drag them right into it. I think they are a team definitely beatable. look at West Brom today, we’re the underdogs, no one thought we were going to win, we proved everyone wrong and that’s what Millwall does. We’ve got to do that again on Wednesday.

Rangers were beaten 4-0 by Norwich on Saturday and their form has been poor since the turn of the year. Asked if Millwall could capitalise on a potential confidence crisis within the Rangers team Thompson added. “Yeah potentially, once you get dragged into it you lose momentum and lose that confidence. Other teams might feel under pressure more than us. We’ve just got to carry on doing our business and playing as we’re playing. The last four games we’ve been outstanding.

Thompson spent the first half of the season on loan at Kenny Jacket’s Portsmouth and the 23 year-old revealed a new found freedom. ” When I went to Portsmouth I felt like I needed to prove something. I Needed to prove a point. I needed to play well, I’m going on loan. I wasn’t wanted at Millwall at the time and I wanted to prove people wrong. I thought the only way I could do that was to play with freedom. play as I know I can and I’m just going out on the pitch now and enjoying every minute. Playing with that freedom, doing things I wouldn’t have done before last year and the year before. I’ve learnt of other players. I’ve learnt from other experienced pro’s. I’m going into games with no fear now and that’s how I play my best football.

Since his return Thompson has played as the attacking midfielder in a 4-2-3-1 formation. This is something he likes. “Yeah definitely. You’re not going to try a Cruyff turn on the edge of your own penalty area under pressure so I think playing further up the pitch gives you that freedom. I’m loving playing that role. I think I’m linking up with Lee Gregory well and he’s some player to play with and he helps me massively. Lenny and Tunni as well they are brilliant to have behind you and knowing you have that security behind you of them two, means I can go and do my stuff and do my best for the team.

Thompson also revealed that he went to Wembley for the EFL Trophy final.”I went to Wembley to watch Portsmouth v Sunderland. What a game it was to watch as well, brilliant, brilliant to watch, to see some faces, see some friends, yeah it was nice to stay in contact with people. You get to know people in football everyone knows everyone.”



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