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Patient Abdou delighted to be back in Millwall's midfield

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JIMMY Abdou has had to bide his time this season – but now that he is back in the Millwall side, he plans to stay there.

Abdou had not started for the Lions since the opening-day defeat to Yeovil prior to back-to-back wins against Blackpool and Charlton last week.

Manager Steve Lomas signed three central midfielders over the summer – Nicky Bailey, Richard Chaplow and Shaun Derry – so Abdou knew competition for places would be fierce.

"He brought some new players in and he had to find the right shape and spirit," Abdou said. "I was training every day and working hard.

"It’s the first time since I’ve been here that we've had a new manager, but it’s football and you have to react and adapt. He brings something new and we have to follow him.

"He looks after all of the players and gives some advice. It’s what we need, as well as having a manager with experience of playing the game.

"I am delighted to be playing again. Every game is going to be fun."

Next up is Leeds – the team Abdou scored against in 2009 to write his place in Den folklore.

"That has been my best moment at Millwall so far," he said.

"When you win games you get positive things in the changing room. Everyone is happy at the moment and we have to keep going, especially at home."

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28 thoughts on “Patient Abdou delighted to be back in Millwall's midfield

  • September 27, 2013 at 09:53
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    Good luck tomorrow son.
    About time you scored another !!

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  • September 27, 2013 at 09:54
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    JIMMY now is your time do it for us tomorrow ,,,,,,,,C O Y L

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  • September 27, 2013 at 10:08
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    Another solid display against Leeds in sure, jim jim jimmy abdou!!!! 2-0 to us McDonald to score 1st

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  • September 27, 2013 at 10:47
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    Jimmy is full of heart and always puts in a good shift when he plays but his distrubution lets him down, but if Liam Trotter had what Jimmy has coupled with his massive unused talent" what a player he would be", instead of this midfielder who just drifts through matches with an air of superiority, which is never reflected in the performance.
    Jimmy is what Jimmy is and in the mould of a true Millwall player loads of heart even thou he has had a very trying time with his Son, go on Jimmy I hope you have a stormer tomorrow, I am looking forward to seeing it and 3 points as well.

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    • September 27, 2013 at 11:03
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      @Barnlion: I think you are being a little unfair to Liam Trotter, he has a totally different style of play to Jimmy which might make him look lazy but he has brains and does not run around like a headless chicken. Jimmy needs to improve his passing game but his effort is worth 10 on the pitch sometimes.
      Another great Millwall legend Phil Walker had similar style to Liam a lazy run looking casual but had great passing ability and a rocket shot.
      Liam has not been able to train as much as the rest because of his operation. The fact is since both he and Jimmy have been in the side the team has had better balance and shape. I hope Jimmy and Liam have a "stormer" too. A tough game tomorrow might be evenly balanced.

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      • September 27, 2013 at 12:04
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        @Peckhamlad: Agree with you mate. I don't think Liam has reached his full potential yet but he will have more chance of doing so if some people stop slagging him off and appreciate what he does bring to the team, even at the level he's playing to at the moment - just my opinion.

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        • September 27, 2013 at 17:51
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          @Adsy77777: Well said Adsy & PL. The only thing lazy about Trotter is the comments made about him on here.

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          • September 27, 2013 at 18:46
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            @lion.ie: I'm one of those in the trotter lazy camp. Well not so lazy but just that the game seems to pass him by and he drifts in and out. That's fair enough if we win every week, such luxuries can be afforded.
            And despite watching Millwall every home game for years, I will watch him closely again tomorrow.
            I'll let you know if I think I'm wrong!

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  • September 27, 2013 at 11:08
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    I am confident that Jimmy will do a better job against Leeds than our other options, we have to grind the result out. Our last two games have come from a disciplined team formation where we shut down the opposition and force them back into their own half when they have the ball. Not the prettiest but it is effective and Jimmy is perfect for that strategy.

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  • September 27, 2013 at 11:09
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    Far from my favourite player in Jimi - can't fault him for effort but lacks skill. Was happy to see last week against Charlton that he is suddenly able to pass a ball on target more often than not. Long may that continue. But if this club is to do the unthinkable (and the probably impossible this season) and challenge then it will need a better ball winner than Jimi Abdou.

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  • September 27, 2013 at 11:36
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    Stay on your feet Jim, work hard then you'll be a star, always liked you style, but you sit down too often tackling for my liking, 'stay on your feet', Well done thus far

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  • September 27, 2013 at 12:15
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    Jimi isn't world class but the "Team" perform better when he is in it and long may it continue, if it isn't broke don't fix it and all that...

    It's a little like the scenario at Liverpool with Suarez , Liverpool win more games without Suarez yet he is undoubtedly a world class player.

    We have Chaplow who is an all round quality player, but Jimi makes those important tackles and breaks down the opposition attacks when needed!

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  • September 27, 2013 at 12:15
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    I GOT DOOO DOOO DOOO DOOO JIMMYY ADBOUUU

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  • September 27, 2013 at 12:17
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    I love Jimmy , we're a better side with him in it. We know he's limtited technically but , all he needs to do is break play up , get the ball back and give it to someone who can play. He deserves a start on his and the team's current form.

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  • September 27, 2013 at 12:24
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    GOOD LUCK TOMOROW JIMMY . GO OUT AND PLAY A BLINDER. MILLWALL THROUGH AND THROUGH. COYL!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • September 27, 2013 at 12:33
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    @DIGGERWALL... WHAT IS 'COYL'???

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  • September 27, 2013 at 12:42
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    I know people often point out Jimmy's flaws technically. I for one have often said if he could pass he would be worth 30mil. However from what I saw against Blackpool in particular, where I only counted 1 misplaced pass the whole game and even then he won that back within seconds, the key for Jimmy seemed to be keeping it simple passing to the nearest open team mate and if he does that regularly we will have our very own Makelele style player. COYL

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    • September 27, 2013 at 16:25
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      Jack Smith at centre Half!

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  • September 27, 2013 at 12:45
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    It's a strange situation when playing Leeds could be our best chance of getting 3 points from our next 3 games, Birmingham although not highly placed have got a striker from Man U that got 4 goals last week, and Bournemouth have signed a player for 2.5 million !, with jimmy, Liam ,Stevie,and the new boys finally coming into a bit of form I'm sure we can take them,
    Come on you lions( COYL)

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  • September 27, 2013 at 13:18
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    Keep it up Jimmy, much better passing this season plus the pressing play. He brings much needed urgency , although a little wayward. Proper Wall.

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  • September 27, 2013 at 13:19
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    cringe bags

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  • September 27, 2013 at 13:19
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    they cant here you from behind a computer can they

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  • September 27, 2013 at 14:17
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    A true gentleman and lions legend!

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  • September 27, 2013 at 15:50
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    @diggerwall.. PUT A SOCK IN IT MATE, BET YOUR THE TYPE OF GEEZER THAT HIDES IN THE WARDROBE WHEN HIS MISSUS IS GETTING RUMPTED

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