Ben Thompson will play anywhere for Millwall but slotting in behind the striker is where he feels he’s most effective.

The midfielder opened the scoring for the Lions in their 2-0 win over Stoke City on Saturday having been given the licence to roam from new boss Gary Rowett.

Sat behind striker Tom Bradshaw, the 23-year-old looked impressive and got his reward with a superb deft-volley form a Jed Wallace cross to open his account for the season.

“I’ve been dying to get a goal,” he said.

“Ball came across, came at me so fast but the pace was on the ball so I let it hit my foot and guide it in the corner.

“It’s nice to get off the mark, but getting the three points was vital.”


Thompson netted four times in the second half of last season having been deployed in a more advanced role, before former boss Neil Harris seemingly sat the midfielder deeper at the beginning of this campaign.

“It depends on the formation we play, I’m happy to play anywhere as long as I’m playing,” Thompson said.

“But that attacking role I have more freedom, where I can express myself.

“I can get on the attack and hopefully more goals will fly in but if I have to drop back I will for the team.”

Jed the Greyhound

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Also on the scoresheet was Millwall’s talisman this season Jed Wallace.

Wallace has been a standout performer for the Lions this campaign, and Saturday was no different.

Dribbling from the half way line at top seed in another of his trademark runs, Wallace won a penalty before despatching it with aplomb, his fifth of the season.

“He said to me before the game he was feeling leggy, but he goes and does that in the 70th minute, it shows how fit he is," Thompson revealed.

“He’s got so much energy, he’s so quick, so fit.

“I said to him when he went down for the penalty to catch his breath because he must be knackered.

“But he just keeps running, he’s a greyhound.”

Millwall travel to Reading on Saturday.