JOSEPH Mills said scoring against Ajax was a surreal experience, writes GORDON SIMPSON.

The 19-year-old opened the scoring in the 15th minute of the 4-1 defeat.

New owner Markus Liebherr applauded the youngster’s strike and Mills admitted it was a difficult moment to comprehend.

“It was quite surreal to get the goal,” he said.

“We only found out the team the other day and I wasn’t sure whether I'd be playing left back, which I played for all of last season.

“But I got my chance today and just tried to take it with both hands and fortunately I got a goal.”

“The new owner’s come in, taken over and got the manager in as quickly as he can,” he said.

“He obviously wanted to find the right manager to take the club forward and hopefully it all pans out for the rest of the season.

“We’ll just prepare for every pre-season game and Millwall obviously the big game for the first game.”

Mills, who finished last season on loan at League One club Scunthorpe, also has his own sights set on forcing his way into the first team.

“I’ve got to push forward,” he said.

“Obviously there’s a lot of money about now, so everybody’s fighting for their place, like any pre-season so you have to impress with every opportunity and game you get.”

Having already made an impression on the scoresheet, Mills hopes he can add to his tally as the weeks progress.

“Even though it was a friendly it was my first goal for the first team, so it was a great experience for me,” he said.

“Hopefully I can get more and more.”