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Forde: Millwall starting to turn Den into a fortress again

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© Edmund Boyden

JERMAINE Easter's last-gasp equaliser against QPR on Saturday was indicative of Millwall's new-found resolve at home, according to goalkeeper David Forde.

Easter struck in stoppage time to deny Harry Redknapp's side their fourth win on the bounce and ensure the Lions are now unbeaten in their last three matches at The Den.

Millwall have often crumbled in front of their own supporters over the past two seasons but Forde believes a corner has been turned.

Speaking after the 2-2 draw, he said: "We have struggled at home in the past year or so but we showed real character to fight back. We're starting to turn The Den into a fortress again.

"The place was rocking and the fans were top drawer. They got right behind us and we showed what we can do at home. In the past we've let ourselves down at The Den, but I didn't have a problem [at 2-1] because I always thought we'd get something.

"We seem to do quite well against the top sides or in a London derby in front of a packed house. It is against the other teams, when it's a quiet night and the crowd is only 8,000 that we sometimes struggle. We've got to start turning that around now."

Forde felt the Lions merited their point against Rangers but believes the team is very much a work in progress under new manager Steve Lomas.

"We are using a different formation and it is relatively new to us," he said. "The manager is still getting his ideas across and the new players are getting into the Millwall mentality and way of doing things. It is a bit transitional at the moment but we are on the right tracks.

"This will give us a lot of belief. At 2-1 down against top-of-the-league, who have just come down from the Premier League and are a fantastic outfit, we showed real guts and belief. It was a fantastic finish from Jermaine.

"We thoroughly deserved a point. We were unlucky in the first half with a debatable penalty decision – if that happens anywhere else on the pitch, it's a free kick."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

53 thoughts on “Forde: Millwall starting to turn Den into a fortress again

  • October 21, 2013 at 07:48
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    Sign up Fordey, show us you wanna see this new team to do well

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    • October 21, 2013 at 08:38
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      @bleachy81: there was good support on Saturday until we went behind for the second time then people started leaving, lets see if we can generate the same noise against Burnley, it used to be worth a goal down Cold Blow just like Anfield,Roker, ect.
      Sing up Wall.

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      • October 21, 2013 at 08:46
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        To get the gates up to 14k irrespective of the opposition takes some doing. Having said that if Millwall do start clicking and put a decent run together the stagnated support will return. I think those people who no longer come haven't suddenly decided to follow Charlton or Palace !!

        @wandererwall:

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        • October 21, 2013 at 11:45
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          @NICKOLA: Nic the problem is once people stop going they find other pursuits and hardly ever return, add to the fact that if you fart in your seat the stewards want to physically throw you out sadly makes it a no brainer for a lot of lapsed suppotrers.

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          • October 21, 2013 at 11:59
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            There's always new support to be found. If Millwall got their a*** in gear and laid on some coaches from the NW Kent area for example they'd start getting them back. Train prices add to an already expensive day out. Have you ever tried parking your car near the Den? If the development around the Den ever gets going there's supposed to be 3,500 new housing units going up.
            href="#comment-20820">Eightieswall:

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          • October 21, 2013 at 12:36
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            @Eightieswall: Problem is all the new flats will occupied by yuppies i fear Millwall wont be there cup of Tea so it wont benefit us in any way.

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          • October 21, 2013 at 16:41
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            @Eightieswall: Just wanted to pick up on what you both have said about the development around the Den and the 3,500 housing units.
            I am a new member to the site and a long suffering Millwall supporter.
            I am also a Train driver who works for one of our lovely London & south east train companies.
            I do think that someone who is close to the clubs officials,needs to find out exactly what is in store for our ground as I have been told by a network rail worker that the ground will have to be gone by 2017/2018 to allow for the new rail system going in for the NEW Thameslink project as he has seen the blueprints and the ground is not there!!
            I have also heard that Surrey canal road will be served by a station once the Den has gone and the new development has been completed. (Obviously to serve all the new houses) NOT US.
            It is pretty obvious to the trained railway eye that there will be a station at Surrey canal road railway bridge at some stage as there is a signal at each end of where the platforms will go in and the station itself will be built underneath with all the nice new tarmac pathways that have been laid leading to it.
            So what is actually going on?

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          • October 21, 2013 at 16:58
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            @Eightieswall: What you say dont surprise me at all i have never thought that Berylson bought Millwall for the love of us or the game. But lets see what the future brings and worry then if needs be.

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          • October 21, 2013 at 18:37
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            @Eightieswall: when they built the ground the prospectus said there would be 5000 parking spaces, they must have meant 5 ! Knock it down and move to sidcup or eltham if you want bigger crowds !!

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          • October 21, 2013 at 20:30
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            @Eightieswall: thecolumbusblock i never mentioned wanting bigger crowds. I think you find that was someone else. I dont get your dig about moving to eltham either.

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          • October 21, 2013 at 21:12
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            @Eightieswall: eighties it wasn't a dig on either front, I genuinely believe we would get bigger crowds out if bermondsey

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          • October 21, 2013 at 21:15
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            @Eightieswall: eighties I just read my original message and I can see how u thought it was aimed at you, it wasn't and apologies for not being clear .

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  • October 21, 2013 at 08:45
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    Time to say this is in May Mr. Forde!

    I can recall a game at the Old Den during the 59 game run when we were 3 down with 10 minutes to go, the fans were fantastic and roared us back to 3-3.

    Yes we all have a part to play and the includes YOU Mr, Morison!

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    • October 21, 2013 at 09:32
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      @wongo: Also remember Wall losing 3-1 to Forest with less than 10 mins to go, Neil Ruddock comes on plays CF and scores 2,Brilliant.

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        • October 21, 2013 at 11:43
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          @Old_Les: Your right Les my mistake, I was at the game but the old memory has obviously started to disfunction guess senility is now setting in.

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          • October 21, 2013 at 19:43
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            @Sealion:
            It's not important now but , I remember that Forest home game well. Steve Hodge and Lee Chapman scored for them. Teddy got one back then Ruddock got the late header. Following week , Ruddock was dropped again.......Darren Morgan probably started in his place !

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    • October 21, 2013 at 11:06
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      @wongo: That sort of support has sadly gone for ever - the remnants slowly being ethnically cleansed from the Den in the Milllwall hierarchy quest for the new Chelsea where we sit munching a prawn baguette and clapping everything the little dears do whichever side they're on.

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      • October 21, 2013 at 11:44
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        @Old_Les: I don't think you mean "ethnically" but class. The old working class parts of london are being "gentrified", particularly along the banks of Bermondsey and Southwark when years ago these snots would not be seen dead in South London. Thank the councils for that. Still the area around the new den is not exactly Chelsea but personally I like the way it is.

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        • October 21, 2013 at 12:44
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          @Peckhamlad: I meant exactly what I said though I concede using the word "ethnically" may have given visions of genocide. In a sense a bit like Brian May comparing badger culls to the Holocaust - and if he can I can do similar it's called getting your point across I think. There are factions a Millwall Football Club that want rid of much of our support - you can see that from some the pointless and vicious banning orders, over the top stewarding and violent provocative policing. (not to mention the s*** food at the kiosks). You may like the area around the new Den but the bit where I park I wouldn't care to live - which is a shame because I did years ago and loved it. You're a fairly intelligent bloke (I think) though I disagree with you most of the time so have a read of People Like Us by Michael Collins - it'll give you a gist of what I mean

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          • October 21, 2013 at 16:15
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            @Old_Les: Are you a racist Les?

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          • October 21, 2013 at 18:23
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            @Old_Les: Well perhaps its nostalgia on my part having been brought up in a prefab in Peckham, my parents home being bombed in the war. But I used to love walking up from Peckham to Cold Blow lane with my dad, the atmosphere the people friendly, the game win or lose, the bag of chips or hot dog on the way home cold and wet many times. Agree the price of food is diabolical at the ground, but they tried to charge me 58p for one apple at Tesco's today! it went straight back on the shelf. Thieving gits.

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      • October 21, 2013 at 11:47
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        Les, Have you thought about taking a catering contract and selling some beef casseroles ?
        I'm thinking about getting one doing bacon rolls myself. Maybe old Fruit and Veg could get a stall in the carpark.....

        @Old_Les:

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        • October 21, 2013 at 16:07
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          @NICKOLA: He thinks he is that stall

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    • October 21, 2013 at 20:12
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      @wongo: chatlton at home midweek old den 0-2 down with 5 mins to go ian dawes makes it 2-2 great come back made all the more sweeter being against the wallies

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    • October 25, 2013 at 23:44
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      @wongo:
      first game of season 3-0 down to wigan
      3-3 finished new den cbl end

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  • October 21, 2013 at 08:48
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    Nice to see that in praise of Fordey and all the positive noises he's making in this article, that the numbnut who chose the picture decides to show one of him letting in a goal! Surely a full stretch save would have been more appropriate?!

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  • October 21, 2013 at 09:10
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    three games is not a foretress, that's more of a flimsy tent that could blow away at any second.

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    • October 21, 2013 at 09:30
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      @@millwall: we've got to start somewhere and 3 games unbeaten at home is stark contrast to 7/8 weeks ago! As Fordey says - we're on the right track

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  • October 21, 2013 at 09:23
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    The weak link, I saw on Sat was Shittu ---- from Forde to Easter, all Played well, looked like they wanted to win and that was asssisted by the crowd --- But there's still a long way to go yet.
    Keep up this and we'll turn everything round to our benefit

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    • October 21, 2013 at 09:40
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      Got to agree with that.
      Shittu is now the weakest link. Malone has cemented the left back slot so maybe it might be an idea to put Lowry in there with Robinson at least until Beevers is fit.

      @aeojt:

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      • October 21, 2013 at 10:43
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        @NICKOLA: Malone was our best player on Saturday. Definitely a time to play Lowry at CB. Shittu's experience needs to be used somehow, he's a carthorse really!

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        • October 21, 2013 at 11:49
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          @Sidcup_Lad: This season Shittu looks like he going through the motions and playing without any heart, When is Beevers due back?

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          • October 21, 2013 at 13:26
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            @Eightieswall: Totally agree, summat's up, he's lost focus!

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          • October 21, 2013 at 15:43
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            @Eightieswall: Maybe giving him a 2 year contract has put him in a comfort zone, cigar on feet up attitude or maybe he just ain't fit. shame because he is fearsome lump when he is up for it,

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      • October 21, 2013 at 18:40
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        @NICKOLA: hate to say it but robbo was caught out time and again on Saturday, hope time and injuries aren't catching up

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    • October 21, 2013 at 15:07
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      @aeojt:
      Agree mate, and i think his presence unsettles Robbo.

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  • October 21, 2013 at 09:57
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    this is another must sign player in my eyes yeah he can have his mad moments but we will not get a better keeper in than forde if we let him go mark my words sign him up asap coz if we're left with just bywater then we will go down trust me, forde is an important player for us.

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  • October 21, 2013 at 11:08
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    Took my son to first ever game v Wigan, we were 3 down with about 15 to go, was just about to leave and we made it 3-1, stayed till the end and we drew 3-3!!! Never left a game early since!

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    • October 25, 2013 at 23:47
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      @dpendet:
      i was there with my little bro
      we was 3-0 down

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  • October 21, 2013 at 11:46
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    Can you believe The Daily Mirror rated Scot Malone 5 and Morison 7! Their reporter is a t***.

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    • October 21, 2013 at 13:33
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      @Peckhamlad:

      haha! that is a joke. Malone was definitely MOM. I do feel a bit for Morrison though. He only had 20 mins in the game, and I think to be fair to him he did contribute. He is a good player, the irony is for a so called 'big no 9', he actually needs to be paired with another big player who can win balls in the air for him - which we don't have. I still think he will have a role to play for us this season.

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      • October 23, 2013 at 09:03
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        @tomahawk: that is ridiculous, everyone at that games knows Malone was excellent

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  • October 21, 2013 at 12:10
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    Sounds like Morisons agent is doing the match report for the Mirror.

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  • October 21, 2013 at 16:45
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    Perhaps Benzo would like to explain his spiteful and needless comment above.

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  • October 21, 2013 at 16:46
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    'Top draw' tut tut Aldo. Good result, but in isolation it's meaningless. Lomas needs to back this up with good performances in the next five games now. If he does he might just start to turn the doubters his way.

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  • October 21, 2013 at 19:38
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    Old_Les says:

    October 21, 2013 at 12:44

    @Peckhamlad
    Peckham was a lovely place back in the day like all of South London - houses where there are now awful high rise blocks (plenty of slums as well and I well remember the green damp on the interior walls. Not being rose tinted there was the bad stuff but a real sense of community. Like I said try the book - you might like it.

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    • October 21, 2013 at 21:08
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      @Old_Les: Thx I have looked at that book looks interesting. Peckham has changed but still some community spirit there but where i lived has been yuppified for the benefit of the developers and estate agents. At least Millwall retains its identity!

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    • October 25, 2013 at 23:49
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      @Old_Les:
      i moved to kent from peckham

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  • October 21, 2013 at 22:01
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    thecolumbusblock no worries mate

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  • October 22, 2013 at 08:28
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    Bit of transfer gossip-
    Millwall are signing Wigan striker Nouha Dicko, 21, on loan.
    French, 21yrs old and usually plays as a winger.
    Feeney/Henry replacement ?

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    • October 22, 2013 at 09:28
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      @NICKOLA: His last loan was at Wolves, so I reckon we'd have a good chance of getting him and as you said we need a replacement for Feeney and Henry

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  • October 22, 2013 at 08:49
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    All thanks to you keeping us in games and wiping the back four's a*** for them Fordey!!!!!

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