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Millwall striker rewarded for hard work with lucky deflection

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© Edmund Boyden

SCOTT McDonald felt his deflected winner against Charlton on Saturday was just rewards for his recent performances.

The Australian striker clinched three points for Millwall in the South London derby with his first goal for the club, which clipped defender Dorian Dervite on its way into the net.

And whilst McDonald may have wished to open his account with a cleaner strike, he was thrilled to have fired the Lions to their second league win in the space of four days.

"It feels good to score my first goal, and on such a big occasion as well," he said. "It took a little deflection but I have been working hard and I think I have been playing pretty well, so I deserved that bit of luck.

"Hopefully there are plenty more goals to come from me. I've not had many chances so far this year but the ones I have had I've been disappointed not to have notched.

"With the team winning games, you tend to get more chances and I am looking forward to next week against Leeds. There is a bit of history there. There will be a big crowd and I am looking forward to it already."

McDonald admitted back-to-back wins, first against Blackpool and then at The Valley, was the perfect tonic to the 5-1 drubbing at the hands of Derby County the previous Saturday.

He said: "It's funny how football works. It was important that after the disappointment of last week, we got our heads together and kept calm.

"We had a chat and knew what we had to do. We needed to show a reaction and we did that on Tuesday and bounced back. It was another solid performance against Charlton.

"I just think that at this club after a disappointment that there has been a reaction. We have to show everyone, especially the fans, that it does mean a lot to us.

"We've shown that now but we have to carry on. It's only the start of the season. It is two games and we're not going to get carried away. Next week will be a much bigger game."

Despite their slow start to the season, Millwall are now a point better off than they were at this stage last year – and McDonald has always been confident that results would turn.

"I was not too worried, but obviously disappointed," he said. "You have got to keep working hard or you do not get anywhere. We all have a hunger.

"Some of the experienced players have been here a long time and know what it takes to put on a Millwall shirt. They have tried to put that across to the new boys.

"But everything has stayed the same. Performances at times have been really good but we have not had the reward from it. We've not really created the chances to score us the goals and we've shot ourselves in the foot sometimes with the goals we've conceded.

"That has been the problem at the start of the season. And with the teams we have played, there was an expectancy with the squad we have that we'd go and beat these teams. That has not happened and everyone began to panic a little bit.

"But there are probably six or seven new players here and a new manager so it is going to take time to gel. It's hard for fans to be patient but we have to keep believing. I think it's showing that we're managing to turn the corner."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

58 thoughts on “Millwall striker rewarded for hard work with lucky deflection

  • September 23, 2013 at 08:32
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    I can't believe how short he is lol! 🙂

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      • September 23, 2013 at 09:24
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        Yep, he runs his little legs off! @wandererwall:

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        • September 23, 2013 at 09:34
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          @chrismillwall74: us little un's stick together, there's nothing better than bringing you big lumps down to size LOL.
          I think that says it all about Millwall !.

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  • September 23, 2013 at 08:54
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    Quality signing and never stops running, he definitely improves the team and squad.

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  • September 23, 2013 at 09:12
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    Quality from Scott ,great addition to the squad ,little be small but works his socks off,sure he will score 15 goals this season for us ,him and Morison will start to terrorise defences this season ,I said back after Yeovil defeat we would finish there or abouts around the playoffs ,and that hasn't changed,we look like we just starting to kick into gear,beat weeds on sat and think we could go on a run like last season ,we hope ,come on you lions

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  • September 23, 2013 at 09:34
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    MacDonald is starting to remind me of Neil Harris at his best... hope the goals strt flowing now.

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    • September 23, 2013 at 09:40
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      @PaulMcK: Harris scored goals without working his socks off, a quick turn and bang back of the net, if McDonald gets anywhere near Bombers goals/match average I will be a very happy man.

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      • September 23, 2013 at 10:31
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        @wandererwall: Not wishing to knock the gloss off of Harris' achievements but most of his goals were scored in the old div 3 he struggled a bit in the championship Terrific player though.

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        • September 23, 2013 at 13:02
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          @Sealion: He struggled after the cancer treatment, so I don't think we'll ever know how good he really could have been at a higher level. As for Sad's, he was getting better all the time and was possibly an even greater loss.

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          • September 23, 2013 at 14:06
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            @Micky Lions:Sads was a great loss he was valued at about 2mil at the time. He would have made a great impact in this side.

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  • September 23, 2013 at 09:37
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    McDonald can be the Defoe of the championship.
    In McDonald, Morison and Waghorn we've got three very good strikers. On the bench, Easter and Keogh. If Lomas can get the same out of those last two as he has with Woolford we will do very well this season. Midfield now looks promising and again, we've got quality on the bench. Robinson has improved the defence 100%, Malone looks a good player and the back four now look better balanced.
    I think Lomas now knows what his best eleven is and will stick with it until forced to change it through injuries, suspensions or by applying different tactics to counter a perceived threat from another team. The secret is trying to keep all the players happy and we're not yet in at a stage where we can rotate the squad to accomplish that so still think more will be going out on loan soon. We've seen with Sunderland what can happen to the manager when the s*** hits the fan so I'm pleased the board had more patience than me and some others on here with Lomas.

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    • September 23, 2013 at 09:43
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      @NICKOLA: one crucial difference Millwall beat Blackpool and Pathetic while Sunderland lost, the outcome could have easily have been reversed, funny old game !.

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      • September 23, 2013 at 10:07
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        @wandererwall: And there were people on here who were touting for DickCanio to come here complete with WH connections, it is indeed a funny old game!

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  • September 23, 2013 at 11:07
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    We have a squad, I've said all along we will be hard to beat, strength in depth both on the pitch and the bench. Proper wall

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  • September 23, 2013 at 11:09
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    McDonald enough said top sighning.

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  • September 23, 2013 at 11:15
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    This was the best week for millwall this season, mcdonald scoring, jimmy getting close to the old jimmy, defence in general working as a unit, trotter finding a touch of form (2nd half anyway against the anoraks) a clean sheet, going in at half time in the lead, robbo getting M.o.t.m and to top it all off we beat charlton, palarse lost and west c**ts united lost too ....... Leeds .... Watch out you will be coming to a very Very loud den ..... Get your wills sorted and say bye to loved ones the Lions are gonna maul ya Mmmmiiiiiillllllllllllll COYL

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  • September 23, 2013 at 11:31
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    He goes on a bit don't he?

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  • September 23, 2013 at 12:54
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    McDonald deserves the bit of luck, from what I've seen. Tries he hardest and it paid off

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  • September 23, 2013 at 13:03
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    Scott Mcdonald has looked a decent addition so far. I hope that his slight injury doesn't keep him out on Saturday against Leeds,especially with Morison not available. He looks brave and likes to run at defenders which as we all know they dont really like. Better than Hulse and Tyson put together although that's probably not that hard.

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  • September 23, 2013 at 13:22
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    Lads: I was in heaven on Saturday. The match was on tv so I was able to watch it and an Aussie scored the winner for my beloved Lions. Is it just me though or does SL always look nervous???

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    • September 23, 2013 at 14:10
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      @millwalldownunder: If you thought he looked nervous you should have seen me when they put 6 mins of extra time on the board. LOL

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      • September 23, 2013 at 18:39
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        @Sealion: 6 mins ? you must be talking about tuesday night as saturday was just a mere 4

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        • September 24, 2013 at 09:25
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          @lukesmithmfc: Yeh Luke right there,was 4 but seemed more like 10 at the time.you'll be picking up my spelling mistakes next haha.

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          • September 24, 2013 at 13:41
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            @Sealion: haha cheeky sod
            If you got it right the first time lol

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  • September 23, 2013 at 15:16
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    Don't know if it was Aldu or some d******* off the Southwark News that penned the headline but to describe it as "lucky" betrays shallowness of thought. Nothing lucky about it at all. McDonald has combined consistent quality with consistent effort - one of the few players I would give full marks to this season. Good strikers earn their own what is described as "luck" because they plug and plug away with their head up. Ian Wright was a classic example of that. McDonald is a growing example of it. Fully deserved goal no f****** luck about it whatsoever. But then this is a Southwark News site and McDonald being Australian probably isn't PC enough for those t****** in their ivory towers. (no need for the last line really but they are a bunch of fresh out of university w****** who think they know it all)

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    • September 23, 2013 at 15:46
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      @Old_Les: Dont like the soutwark news then Les.

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      • September 23, 2013 at 16:18
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        @DiggerWall: They're a bunch of clueless c****

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        • September 23, 2013 at 16:32
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          @Old_Les: NEVER NOTICED TO BE HONEST MATE. I WILL BE A CRITIC ON THURSDAY NO DOUBT.

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    • September 23, 2013 at 17:48
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      @Old_Les:
      I agree with you Old-les. MacDonald has been consistently good and nothing lucky about the goal - if you don't shoot, you won't score. Just one thing? What is it you have about people from Surrey and now people from university? I am in the first category but not the first by the way.

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      • September 23, 2013 at 18:54
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        @Longtimer: Not sure where you get that about people from Surrey????? Some of my best friends live there. Most of the best London people have migrated to the shires to escape the creation of New Africa and the sort of people that write for the Sputhwark News and vote for Simon Hughes

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        • September 23, 2013 at 20:54
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          You sound like Jim Davidson who said he went to Saudi Arabia so he could be in a minority before he became one in England.
          I see that good feel factor you had on the weekend has melted away Les !!

          @Old_Les:

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      • September 23, 2013 at 20:37
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        @benzo: He is a bit like Alod but with d u

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    • September 23, 2013 at 18:33
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      @Old_Les: is he related to abdu?

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  • September 23, 2013 at 17:16
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    Football league paper says we are looking at Leyton O midfielder Odubajo and may make a move for him in January, they are on the box tonight maybe worth watching to see what he is like

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    • September 23, 2013 at 17:54
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      @Weller: Not another midfielder !

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      • September 23, 2013 at 18:59
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        @Sealion: Why not? Derry & Wright to go, a couple of injuries or suspensions and we would be left with two CM, later in the season another CM might be needed

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        • September 24, 2013 at 09:41
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          @Weller: I think we are ok in MF at the moment but as Morros absence showed we are a little light in the striking department. Keogh is a waste of good food at the moment and Waghorn is only here for 90 days so although I would always welcome quality players to the club there seems to be other areas that require strengthening with in the budget constraints.

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          • September 24, 2013 at 15:30
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            @Sealion: Good sumarry, agree about Keogh, would put Henry in there too but after the way Jimi & Wooly have performed lately cannot say anything with any certainty but as you say come end of year/Jan we may need other options

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    • September 24, 2013 at 01:38
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      @Weller:
      My brother is a very good mate of his. Cracking young player and lives literally within a stones throw of our training ground next to McDonald's. We also released him when he was 15.

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      • September 24, 2013 at 15:55
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        @82wall: Yes looks like a star in the making, they said he comes from Greenwich so he must be either Millwal or Charlton supporter, he has developed well in the five years he left us

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  • September 23, 2013 at 18:47
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    Old mcdonald is the best of the lot for me he's been s*** hot from the start he has almost everything he creates so much space for himself cause he has the best first touch at the club he's always available and rarely gives the ball away and if he does he busts a gut to get it back. He's been by far our best player up to now.
    Keep it up scott and the goals will flow.
    Great signing stevie lo well done

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  • September 23, 2013 at 20:11
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    Any news on his injury anyone? He would be a massive loss on Saturday especially without Morison.

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    • September 24, 2013 at 11:25
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      @wall2wall: Slight knock should be OK (fingers crossed) also concerns about Malone and Beevers

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      • September 24, 2013 at 12:07
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        @Old_Les:
        Thanks Les although that is not good news regarding Malone and Beevers. Fingers crossed all round.

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  • September 24, 2013 at 10:08
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    Excellent work rate, pucker first touch and is always looking to receive the ball. McD is a class act, leads from the front and if Morro keeps putting in performances like blackpool&charlton we will have a formidable strike partnership... IMO Lomas is doing a good job, the team are starting to play 'proper football' and the derby drubbing has given them the kick the needed... Got my ticket for the weeds game, looking forward to a big crowd getting behind our team and think if we play with the same work rate/focus of the last two games we will defo cause them problems... COYL

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  • September 24, 2013 at 11:07
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    Finally after two matches without Shittu the penny is starting to drop. It's about time he was dropped and Robbo and Beevers started. Saturday we looked solid and Charlton were out of ideas. Beevers is gonna head the ball away all day long. I hope Shittu is not seen in Millwall shirt again this season and I can't wait for Saturday. Jury is still out on Lomas IMO but if he keeps going like this I will admit I was too quick to judge. COYL Miiiiiiii

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  • September 24, 2013 at 12:04
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    Tell you what - Shaun Batt will end up coming back to bite us on the a*** at this rate. Quality League 1 striker and it shows... Think we could've kept him and improved him massively to play at this level. Same thing with Ashley Grimes, and maybe even Grabban. Both scoring plenty of goals and holding their own in lower leagues, if we'd have kept these players and loaned them out at the right time then we would've had 2 decent strikers in those two. Thoughts? Slightly off topic I know...

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    • September 24, 2013 at 12:14
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      @jamesmartinmfc:
      I dont regret any of them leaving, not if we have ambitions in this league. Batt took his goal really well last night though and I am pleased for him.

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      • September 24, 2013 at 13:17
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        @wall2wall: Let them go! We have bigger and better players now. Thats the reason they dropped a league to play. Basically coz they can't cut it in the championship! Not like they are never going to score again in their career and just coz they have, doesn't mean we should have kept them! Well pleased with our squad at the moment.

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        • September 24, 2013 at 13:48
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          @kempo_123:
          I said that I had no regrets that they left Kempo.

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        • September 24, 2013 at 13:59
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          @kempo_123: Don't get me wrong, of course I'd rather have the quality championship strikers that we currently have over Batt. I'm just saying, if we'd have kept him he would've been useful backup who would be reliable when called upon, and he showed signs last season that with the right management and quality service on the pitch he could score some goals for us this season! Lomas has built a solid competitive squad (bar maybe 2 or 3 players) who I believe will be promotion contenders. Just by the calibre of player he has brought in you can tell we are going to have a successful season. We've got experience in all areas of the pitch and proven goalscorers in Morison and McDonald particularly.

          I think the next step forward would be to improve our youth set up as it has taken a real decline in recent years. Not only would this mean less money spent on transfers but it would also mean there will be some decent young players with potential to fulfil the roles of some of our current older players... Just saying 😀

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      • September 24, 2013 at 13:44
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        @wall2wall: fair enough, just think Batt will come back to haunt us that is all!

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        • September 24, 2013 at 13:56
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          @jamesmartinmfc:
          I really like Batt James and wish him well but I dont think he is ever going to be top championship level. I think that's the only way he could come back to haunt us and personally I think he is a decent league 1 player at best. Could obviously be wrong so we will have to see.

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          • September 24, 2013 at 14:04
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            @wall2wall: I think that if Orient get promoted this season they will struggle, but Batt potentially could score 10+ goals in the championship, who knows? It's a possibility 🙂

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    • September 25, 2013 at 09:20
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      @jamesmartinmfc: Unfortunately James we can't keep everyone so if after a reasonable period of time the player is not producing the required level of performance a decision has to be made.Some players will come good some will continue downwards, you just can't tell.
      I agree with your point generally as ex Wall players do have a habit of playing well and even scoring against us but that is to be expected because they want to show their old team what they are missing.

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