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Nathan Thompson On Millwall Success, Thomas And Fleetwood

30 March 2017

Town Skipper Nathan Thompson hailed his team’s character in the wake of their 1-0 victory against Millwall on Saturday.


Conor Thomas’ strike in the dying seconds got the better of the in-form Lions and breathed new life into the Reds’ push for survival.


Town now have six huge games left in order to retain their Sky Bet League One status and Thompson felt that his team-mates proved they are up for the fight with their performance last weekend.


“It showed the fighting spirit that is in the dressing room and we needed three points,” he told swindontownfc.co.uk.


“The manager said at half-time that he was going to commit men forward because draws are no longer good enough and I take my hat off to the lads because they carried on battling until the last minute.


“They got their just rewards.


“They kept fighting until the end and you saw Conor Thomas, who hasn’t been involved as of late, pop up with the match-winner and it was a massive moment for him and it was a massive moment for this club.”


And Thompson went on to sing the praises of Conor Thomas, who has won plenty of plaudits in the wake of his heroics last weekend.


“Conor is a model professional,” he added.


“He was involved quite a bit at the start of the season and as the year has progressed he has found his minutes limited, but he’s shown he’s ready to rise to the occasion when given an opportunity and credit to him for that.


“I thought he was fantastic on Saturday and we’ve now got six huge games left so if we can show the same desire, attitude and application for these next six games, then we’ll see where it takes us.”


Nathan played his part in helping to keep the formidable duo of Steve Morison and Lee Gregory quiet on Saturday, with the Town backline and Lawrence Vigouroux claiming their tenth clean sheet of the season.


“Millwall rely heavily on their front-two and the space that you leave behind, especially when the full-backs push on, but we did a lot of work in the week on making sure that we plugged those holes and allowing Rohan Ince to come across if Fankaty Dabo or myself got forward,” Thompson continued.


“It just goes to show that they can be dealt with and I thought Dion Conroy and Raphael Rossi-Branco were superb against them and they hardly let them win a header.


“They were physical back as well and that’s important. We ended their 16-game unbeaten run and it just goes to show that there is no one in this league that we can’t beat on our day.”


Finally, Thompson feels his team-mates will be full of confidence heading into Saturday’s trip to Fleetwood having brought Millwall’s lengthy unbeaten run in the league to an end last week.


“The target was 50 points initially and that may even have to be a touch more now, but if we win five out of our final six games then you like to think we will be safe,” he said.


“We’ve got some big games coming up, starting with Fleetwood on Saturday and they’ve been doing really well this season, but we defeated Millwall who had one of the longest unbeaten runs in the country at the time.


“We can beat anyone and it gives us renewed confidence to go and perform on Saturday. We’ll work hard this week to make sure that we exploit their weaknesses and then come the weekend we’ll be raring to go.


“We’ll monitor results elsewhere to make sure we know what we have to do but, first and foremost, we’ll focus on ourselves.”


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