Ben Thompson responded in the perfect way to being left out of the starting XI for Millwall’s win over Sheffield Wednesday at The Den.
Following a frustrating first-half of the campaign, Thompson had made five consecutive starts prior to the visit of the Owls.
However, with games coming thick and fast, the Millwall Academy graduate was left on the bench.
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But having replaced January signing Maikel Kieftenbeld at the break, Thompson took less than 25 minutes to leave his mark on the game in South Bermondsey.
Kenneth Zohore had cancelled out Callum Paterson’s early strike before Scott Malone produced a moment of genius to complete the turnaround.
And less than 60 seconds later, Thompson registered his own goal of the season contender, although he’ll be some way behind Malone’s exquisite effort – catching out Owls keeper Keiren Westwood at his near-post before rifling an arrowed effort past him.
It was a second goal of the campaign for Thompson after his late effort in last months defeat at Nottingham Forest, although this performance was far more than about a potential fluky effort.
Here’s how The Den faithful reacted on Twitter to the midfielder’s display against the Owls:
Ben Thompson put it a real good performance today. I like many have give him a bit of stick over the last month or so and still think it was deserved based on those performances but he was superb today
It’s not fully convinced me as we need consistency but a great step #Millwall
— Stephen Jones (@SPJ91) February 6, 2021
No Millwall fan can deny that with Thompson in our team we are better off. No coincidence that his increased involvement has led to a better run of results and us playing better in general…
— James (@James12573573) February 6, 2021
Thompson MOTM for me – the catalyst of that second half and provides so much drive. #Millwall
— James Gibbins (@jamesgibbins) February 6, 2021
I 4-1 wouldn’t want to be a Wednesday fan tonight…. great 2nd half, I’m not Thompson’s biggest fan but he changed that game. #Millwall
— Rich 👊🏽🦁👑 (@RICH_SE16) February 6, 2021
Thompson was class when he came on and changed the game. Our midfield was too static first half, with little movement and not enough intensity. He brought that in abundance!
— Millwall Analytics (@MillwallAnalyt1) February 6, 2021
Brilliant performance 👏
— Harry (@harrylee19891) February 6, 2021
Well played Ben fantastic effort today 🦁
— Mick Saunders (@MickSaunders16) February 6, 2021
Absolute Class today mate.
Wall through and through💙🦁⚽️
— Paul Llewellyn (@ChewyLewy0707) February 6, 2021