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2 Millwall players that need to prove themselves in the international break

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Millwall secured a late victory over local rivals Charlton Athletic on Saturday as Matt Smith headed in the winner in the final few minutes of the game to earn all three points. 

In a match with few chances, Millwall opened the scoring early on as defender Shaun Hutchninson scored after just six minutes.

Charlton had to wait until after half time for their equaliser as Naby Sarr setup Jonathan Leko on 52 minutes but it Smith found the winning goal after out jumping Sarr in the closing stages of the match to seal the win for the Lions.

The win will have pleased new Milwall boss Gary Rowett and the win has seen him secure two wins from his opening two matches in charge at the Den.

Rowett will have started to build an idea of the players he has at his disposal and the international break will give him a further opportunity to work with his side.

Here are two players that need to prove themselves over the international break.

Shane Ferguson 

28-year-old Shane Ferguson is yet to find any consistency this season having been a bit part player a Millwall after making six starting appearances and six appearances as a substitute.

Ferguson was dropped for Saturday’s fixture against Charlton after a number of poor performances recently has left Rowett to look at alternative options on the left-wing.

Ferguson has only contributed with one assist this season, in the 2-1 win over Leeds last month, but he his poor form was highlighted the previous week when he was playing at left-back against Huddersfield and was sent off.

Another run of poor and ineffectual displays led to him being subbed at half time against Reading after completing no dribbles, no tackles and creating no chances for teammates.

Ferguson has a good chance to impress Rowett in the international break and he will be hoping a rest during this time will give him time to improve his form.

Connor Mahoney

22-year-old Connor Mahoney was a regular feature of Millwall’s first team at the start of the season, but a poor run of form has seen him largely feature as a substitute in recent weeks.

Mahoney started the season in fine form, putting in a man of the match display on the opening day against Preston and providing two assists in the first three games.

Mahoney also started eight of the first nine matches of the season, but a dip in form has seen his game time limited as he has been ineffectual recently, only attempting five shots all season and losing possession 21 times.


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