Liam Trotter: I will celebrate if I score at Portman Road again
LIAM Trotter holds no grudges against Ipswich Town – but that won’t stop him celebrating if he once again scores for Millwall at Portman Road tomorrow.
The former Northgate High School pupil made just 18 starts during four seasons at his home-town club, with Jim Magilton and Roy Keane both sending him out on loan.
So when the latter only offered him a one-year contract extension compared to Millwall’s two-year deal, he was left with an agonising decision in 2010.
After much soul-searching he decided to sign for the Lions – and he has not looked back since.
Quickly promoted with the south London side from League One, the 24-year-old has scored 21 goals, captained the side and is closing in on 100 appearances under Kenny Jackett’s management.
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And having scored in Millwall’s 3-0 win at Portman Road back in April, the rangy midfielder hopes history repeats itself tomorrow.
“If I score I’ll definitely be doing a celebration,” said Trotter, in an exclusive interview with the EADT and Ipswich Star. “I’ve got nothing but respect for Ipswich, they’re my hometown club and gave me my big break, but I’ll celebrate every goal I score. It’s a short career and, as a midfielder, you have to enjoy every goal you get.”
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He continued: “There has never been any grudge against Ipswich. It just wasn’t the right time or place for me.
“It was a hard decision at the time, but I’m happy I made the right one.
“I’ll always want Ipswich to do well, as long as they finish one place below Millwall.”
With the Lions currently on a 13-game unbeaten run – having conceded just two goals in their last eight – Trotter said: “Considering where we were at the beginning of the season, we’ve really taken off and now we want to keep this unbeaten streak going.
“People might say this is a potential banana skin for us because of the improvement Ipswich have had under Mick McCarthy, but the nature of the Championship means every match is a potential banana skin.
“We just have to keep preparing in the same way we do for every match.
“It’s all about concentrating on us. If we play to our best, we believe we can beat anyone.”
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