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Abdou better than he is given credit for, says Millwall boss

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STEVE Lomas has claimed Jimmy Abdou is a better player than he is given credit for after his return to Millwall's midfield coincided with back-to-back victories.

The Frenchman was recalled to the side prior to the midweek win over Blackpool and he put in another impressive performance as the Lions beat Charlton 1-0 at The Valley on Saturday.

Abdou had been dropped after Millwall's defeat to Yeovil Town on the opening day of the season, but Lomas insists he has never doubted the 29-year-old's quality.

Lomas said: "He is a better player than he is given him credit for and he can pass the ball. I keep hearing people say he can't pass the ball.

"I watch him in training every day and he can pass the ball. He is a fantastic athlete and fully committed so it has never been about not appreciating him. He has bided his time and got in the team. If you win and you play well then you'll stay in the team, it's that simple."

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56 thoughts on “Abdou better than he is given credit for, says Millwall boss

  • September 23, 2013 at 08:29
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    ON THE PATH TO BECOME A MILLWALL LEGEND....

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  • September 23, 2013 at 08:48
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    Already is.

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    • September 23, 2013 at 08:51
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      @NO1LIKESUS: well said, although I still maintain that he loses posession too often.

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  • September 23, 2013 at 08:54
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    You've gotta remember Jimmy fasts for ramadan being muslim (which I think was jul/aug) He's probably only just felling properly fit and strong - looked good the past couple games!

    I think if he went we'd have to pay a fortune to replace him!

    Well done Jimmy!!

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    • September 23, 2013 at 10:20
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      @TheBermondseyBomber: i agree with that, but I'll add to that with how good Robinson is and he brings the best out of him, winning the ball that is controlled and easy for abdou to sweep across the midfield, and allows him to recycle the ball, this also makes dunne look comfortable, knock affects, shittu has been good for us but heading anywhere, as hard as you can is not profitable for jimmy.

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      • September 23, 2013 at 11:23
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        Well said @Bush:
        Robbo, Jimmy and Dunney are all solid Millwall players, through and through.
        Really impressed with our performances against Blackpool and Charlton.
        We are starting to look like a team again. Bring on dirty dirty Leeds this sat

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  • September 23, 2013 at 08:57
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    Jimmy is proper Millwall, it's strange that Lomas as suddenly seen the light, keep him in the middle with Trotter and Bailly and things will settle down very quickly,
    One last thing I have to say is that Charlton should now change from Athletic to Pathetic,

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    • September 23, 2013 at 10:11
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      @wandererwall: spot on we all know what Jimmy can do thank god s l can now see it to . As for legend watch him go against WEEDS on sat ..Good boy J A ,,,,,,,,C. O Y L

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  • September 23, 2013 at 10:16
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    Big fan of Jimmy! Keep it going son! What has happened to James Henry? Always felt he was a good player but not even making the bench at the moment! Can't have impressed the boss yet I guess. Something tells me he may move on before long. He must be one of the bigger wage earners? Any thoughts?

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    • September 23, 2013 at 11:27
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      @kempo_123: Always thought James Henry was an average player in this league. Get the impression he thinks he's better than what he actually is. Doesn't strike me as a player who would be willing to fight for his place either and am not surprised he's not in the team currently.

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      • September 23, 2013 at 18:35
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        @Syd the Lion:
        Completely agree Syd. I always thought when he did get a run of form, he started to get linked with Premier league clubs, and stated to believe in his own press. He always seemed more of a sulker than a fighter.

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    • September 23, 2013 at 22:31
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      @kempo_123: interesting that two established players, Shittu and Henry have been dropped, not even sub's, after the rumours of problems in the dressing room. Looks like the Derby defeat was the catalyst for SL's decision?

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  • September 23, 2013 at 10:17
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    I didn't think that Jimmy would cut the mustard at this level any more but he appears to have proved me wrong. He may not be over blessed with talent but the guy has the heart of a Lion. Not a creative player but is very effective at breaking up opposing attacks and stopping them playing. So good luck Jimmy and glad you also proved me wrong along with MW, now i am just waiting for AK and JH to prove me wrong then I will be buzzing.
    PS. Not happy when the wife proves me wrong though, which she seems to devote her life trying to do HaHa.

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  • September 23, 2013 at 10:40
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    JIMMY DEFENDING, TROTTER CREATING, BAILEY ATTACKING .... ALL ON THERE DAY HAVE SIGNS TO BE ONE OF THE STRONGEST MIDFIELD IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP...

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    • September 23, 2013 at 13:33
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      @Mo Slater Fruit and Veg: don't forget Chaplow sitting in the bench at present, he is a quality player and it seems a shame not to use him but at least we have cover bif Trotter loses form or gets injured

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  • September 23, 2013 at 10:43
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    Always said we look a better team with Jimmy in it. The work he does in the idde often goes unnoticed but when he is not there it stands out a mile.

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  • September 23, 2013 at 10:43
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    Sorry that should have said middle of course

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  • September 23, 2013 at 10:54
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    Always been a fan of Jimmy. Starts for me every time.

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  • September 23, 2013 at 11:39
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    The added quality that we have in midfield now lets Jimmy concentrate on what he does best it also means that having players around him who make themselves available for the easy pass that his deficiencies are less obvious - looks a good, balanced midfield now with quality in reserve rather than the mend and make do midfield we were forced to field at stages last year.

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  • September 23, 2013 at 11:52
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    The midfield is taking shape now and since Jimmy, Liam and Nick have been together the play and results have got better. Jimmy is a model role player for the club as are many others, obviously SL is going to get the besrt out of them. What a difference a week makes reading so many positive comments on here.

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  • September 23, 2013 at 12:00
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    Another good performance Jimmy. WELL THE EGG IS RUNNING DOWN MY FACE NOW. I COULD NOT BE HAPPIER. THE YOKE IS ON ME. COYLS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • September 23, 2013 at 12:35
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    Jimmy's in my starting 11 every week. All teams need a player like him. Hard work and non stop running all game is priceless regardless of natural ability.

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  • September 23, 2013 at 12:50
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    Jimmy is a fantastic player. He knows his place in the side and is always covering for other players. He has played international football and definitely benefits from this. His passing ability may faulter when he doesn't believe in what he's doing. Other players' performances and diabolical managing can affect the best of players! Live on Jimmy!!!

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    • September 23, 2013 at 13:01
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      @Sidcup_Lad: Cant agree more with you on this - Sidcup. Jimmy is a top footballer in my eyes. We're all human and make the mistake under pressure sometimes, surely he is allowed this occaisionly

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      • September 23, 2013 at 14:48
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        @aeojt: i definitely thought he had seen his best days for us, but his recent displays have proven me so wrong. He is even trying to run with the ball and his passing is improving.

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        • September 23, 2013 at 15:08
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          @glyngo: He has had all sorts of family probs. that may of had an effect on him -- Who Knows

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  • September 23, 2013 at 14:42
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    Although i never thought he would be one of the players i would move on, personally i never thought he would be anymore of a squad player. But he has proved a lot of doubters wrong, myself included. Both against Blackpool and Charlton he rarely gave the ball away which was one of his problems in the past and he gave an assured, dynamic performance. Well done Jimmy, we all love an underdog!

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  • September 23, 2013 at 14:57
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    A few weeks ago fans were saying let Jimmy, Malone and Woolford go as they were surplus to requirements, yet those three have put in superb performances in the last two games.

    I wonder if that now leaves Shaun Derry surplus and whether or not Lomas can shift a few more out. We do look like a decent squad now, Shane Lowry centre back cover anyone, and hopefully can push on up the table.

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    • September 23, 2013 at 15:25
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      I've always thought Lowry would make a better centre half. Trouble is he's a bit too reckless for my liking.
      Derry, Henry, Feeney, Wright.....what happens to these players now ?
      @Vinny Shell:

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      • September 23, 2013 at 15:32
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        @NICKOLA: Do we need Derry now? Wright I would iagine will go, Henry will come good, Feeney was playing well at the start of the season so not sure about his position.

        Think Lowry will be a lot more comfortable at centre back

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        • September 23, 2013 at 17:37
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          @Vinny Shell: I agree Vinny, Lowry would be less exposed to the kind of challenges he gets drawn into out at full back so I think you'd see less yellows but he needs to play with his head/brain more and calm down a bit. Robbo is a great mentor for him.

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          • September 23, 2013 at 21:05
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            @lion.ie: yellows reduce

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      • September 23, 2013 at 18:42
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        @NICKOLA: Do you not think that Josh Wright just needs to be playing more with better players around him personally I think his vision is better than any player at the club , but he needs more experience players that we now have I just don't think we should let him go for someone else to get the rewards that I'm sure the kid holds what's your view ?

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        • September 23, 2013 at 20:18
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          @millwallpete: Sorry mate, IMO not good enough by a mile and won't ever be - my first candidate to ship out!

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          • September 24, 2013 at 09:47
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            @Adsy77777: Agree there Adsy I think he is too lightweight for this division.

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        • September 23, 2013 at 20:49
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          Well I'd written off Abdou and Woolford to be honest but then along comes Lomas and turns them around. Wright I'm not sure about and the same with Derry. I suppose it depends on whether our formation away will be 451 as some posters think on here. In that case both will be useful as back-ups and ready to step in as cover if needed. Personally I'd stick with 442 but it's an easy game on the internet....a lot more complicated in reality.

          @millwallpete:

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        • September 23, 2013 at 20:51
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          @millwallpete: I don't think Wright has developed as well as expected, a bit like Keogh, who I really rated, the problem is will Wright get a chance? If he will then get him out on loan and playing.

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          • September 25, 2013 at 06:44
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            @Vinny Shell: Your probably right to send him out on loan and playing every week it's not helping him at moment .

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      • September 23, 2013 at 19:02
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        @NICKOLA: Feeney has to stay IMO we have yet to see the best in him a great worker like Jimmy.

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  • September 23, 2013 at 17:29
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    No doubt in my mind now that Mr Lomas reads this site, welcome Steve, keep the results coming (-:~

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  • September 23, 2013 at 17:39
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    Jimmy is the type of player we've been missing in recent games, particularly against Derby. We need someone who can break down opposition play through the middle and work back in defence. Our central midfield is balanced with Jimmy in the side alongside a fitter Bailey, who can create attacking opportunities for us with a good range of passing ability. Chaplow is a tidy player with an engine and offers a direct threat going forward. Less sideways passing, more forwards. Trotter needs to start looking bothered, as he is without doubt our best midfielder when fully fit and interested...? Where the future lies for Derry I don't know. Trouble is, we have too much choice in the CM position. He's a decent enough player for Championship level, excellent player to have as backup at your disposal I suppose. As for Wright, he too is a fairly neat player however all he seems to do is pass the ball sideways! League 1 standard IMO... Send him out on loan or sell him as soon as possible.

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  • September 23, 2013 at 17:55
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    I have always been a fan of Abdou. There's a reason why KJ named him as his best ever signing for us (beating Morison). WE could be 4-0 down but Jimmy will still be chasing down every ball. He gives it his all and that's all you can ask for. Yes he hasn't got the best touch/pass/shot but I'd much rather have him stopping 10 goals a season than Derry who might pop up with 1 or 2. He is seriously underrated and I'm always defending him when others have a dig. He's a great lad. I'd rather lose Trotter on a free than Jimmy.

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  • September 23, 2013 at 18:19
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    is jimmy underated??? i have never heard anyone have a bad word about him wheather when you go to millwall or on here everyone seems to rate him and always have, i don't think he's underated with the millwall fans, but maybe lomas may has underated him and only now realises his value

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  • September 23, 2013 at 18:27
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    Little jimmi will always be a legend in my eyes my favourute player since cahil
    Was starting to write him off only because of the callibre of player we've brought in this summer, how wrong was i ? Sorry for that jimmy me olde son.
    His midfield partners last season made him look two bob but now with a footballer beside him he looks the part again. Laugh if you want but jimmy and bailey could be our ince and batty or better still briley and hurlock.
    Great to see the pirate back to his best.
    Well done jimmy.

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    • September 23, 2013 at 20:22
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      @lukesmithmfc: Agree Smithy, Jimmy needs better footballers around him, now he has, he looks as vital as a playmaker. Derby had too much room, Jimmy has changed that.

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  • September 23, 2013 at 18:45
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    oh, ok then how about scott & bailey if we're going down that road

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  • September 23, 2013 at 19:11
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    I would like to make the following observation, Steve Lomas has only begun to settle in and got to know his players, quality like cream always rises to the surface and I think the manager is coming to recognise that. He see's quality in Jimmy, Liam Trotter, Woolford and a few others. he has had the comfidence to bring them back into the sqaud and seen the difference they make. Others like Feeney or even Osbourne (who is not a bad defender) may well be involved as the season developes. Lomas may easily have gone the way of the Di Canio thank heavens the board and players never lost faith. It may turn out the Derby game was a blessing in disguise. The Lions will keep roaring.

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  • September 23, 2013 at 21:38
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    Are greatest ever free transfer ?

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  • September 23, 2013 at 22:02
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    Everyone seems to have forgotten that Jimmi has had big issues off the field. Also he probably saw KJ as a father figure. SL has now sussed that 1 game is not enough to judge a player. Jimmi is ace at taking an oppo key player out of a game.
    Have said elsewhere that SL deserved 10 games for objective appraisal. Still applies.
    C**p start has now produced 1 point per game ratio after 8 games. Needs to be 1.5 and then going to 1.8 if Lions are to progress. Some gd to make up!
    And if he is learning a lot from the websites - fair do's - there's a lot of talent and and good advice here....

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  • September 24, 2013 at 10:28
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    So I take it abdou isn't one of stale players you was moaning about before you f***"@g c@"k lomas

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  • September 24, 2013 at 10:54
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    @dpendet ......... NAHH TIMMY CAHILL MILLWALL GREATEST EVER FREE TRANSFER.................

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  • September 24, 2013 at 12:44
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    @mo slater fruit ......Tim Cahill wasn't a free transfer, he came threw the youth system!

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  • September 24, 2013 at 12:54
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    In 1997, Cahill asked his parents to allow him to travel to England to play professionally. He lived in Grays, Essex with family until he was signed by Millwall on a free transfer from Sydney United. He made his Millwall debut on 22 May 1998

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  • September 24, 2013 at 13:57
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    well i'm glad we got that sorted out

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  • September 24, 2013 at 14:55
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    @mo slater....... Are you not filming today?

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  • September 24, 2013 at 15:07
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    nah see Trevor round the square hanging about with iron in his hand and he asked wheres my f****** dinner Moo so im a bit caught up at the minute doing a bit of sketty bolognese

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