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Report: Huddersfield Town 1-0 Millwall

MILLWALL suffered a heart-breaking defeat to Huddersfield in new manager Ian Holloway's first game in charge.

The Terriers broke their transfer record on Friday to sign Bradford City striker Nahki Wells and he stepped off the bench to score the winner in the final minute.

Holloway's Lions looked to have done enough to earn a point but Jack Smith's lapse was punished by Wells to send them home empty-handed.

At his media unveiling on Thursday, Holloway stated he would be making two changes to the side beaten 4-1 at Southend in the FA Cup last weekend.

In fact, his first starting XI showed just one alteration from the previous match, with Scott McDonald replacing the suspended Jermaine Easter up front.

There was, however, a change of formation from 4-4-2 to 4-3-3.

Both goalkeepers were largely untroubled during the opening 20 minutes, with midfielder Adam Clayton's deflected shot the only notable effort on goal.

Steve Morison pounced on Oliver Norwood's under-hit back pass in the 22nd minute but drilled tamely into the arms of Alex Smithies.

Forde made two stunning saves in the space of five minutes to deny Martin Paterson as Huddersfield began to build up a head of steam.

But the Lions came within inches of breaking the deadlock on the stroke of half time when Scott McDonald's low shot cannoned off the post via slight deflection.

In the 51st minute, winger Adam Hammill skipped past the challenge of Shane Lowry before drilling narrowly wide of the far corner.

Substitute Martyn Woolford fired a shot on the turn straight into Smithies' midriff before fellow sub Andy Keogh arrowed a half-volley narrowly wide with his first touch.

Holloway made his final change with 15 minutes to go, bringing on Liam Trotter for Jimmy Abdou, and the midfielder's first act was to fire into the side netting from Richard Chaplow's pass.

It looked as if both sides had canceled each other out but a long ball forward was flicked towards his own goal by Smith, and Wells stabbed in to win it.

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

72 thoughts on “Report: Huddersfield Town 1-0 Millwall

  • January 11, 2014 at 17:06
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    Gutted

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  • January 11, 2014 at 17:06
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    Why are we always so difficult anyone else would hold out for a point

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    • January 11, 2014 at 17:10
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      @SLloyd23: yes absolutely - individual errors from players who are not consistently good enough - play any system you like and with as much bottle as you like if the players don't do it, they have to go

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  • January 11, 2014 at 17:07
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    Unlucky? We had two good saves from Forde, and better defending this time. An improvement on recent form, at least in the first half.
    Now that Ollie has seen the team in action, I hope he will wield the axe.

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    • January 11, 2014 at 20:57
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      @SE14 Exile: Absolutely agree, even letting one goal in every time could cost us. Needs to be clean sheets.

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      • January 13, 2014 at 09:11
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        @potty1: potty1 we did not let a goal in Jack Smith played the ball into Wells, you cant do that at any level of the game, I know that its not pretty but defenders need to clear there ines and if that means putting the ball into row Z of the stand the so be it.

        The first thing that any team must aim for is a clean sheet, we are still in the sprit of Christmas they way we keep gifting goals to the opposition, Ollie I hope you got a pair of skates this Christmas, as you need to get a move on with this lot now your the Boss (good luck mate you will need it)

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    • January 11, 2014 at 21:49
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      @SE14 Exile: SE14, I agree but good players make there own luck or as what would happen is they dont make too many mistakes, but as I have been saying for at least 10 months that there are too many players who are just not good enough for this team and division.
      The only good thing about this defeat is that Ollie got to look at the players close up to access what needs to be done and there are still 20 days left in the transfere window for him to try to keep us up, but after all the talking when he got home tonight he may realise the size of the job in front of him. But I think he is the right man for us at this time and we need to support him, not matter who he moves out of the club,because its the club that matters.

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  • January 11, 2014 at 17:08
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    Its a loss but it sounds like it was better.

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  • January 11, 2014 at 17:11
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    Same old same old if you don't score goals then the other side will !,
    Feet on the ground time now no b******* about Premier league,
    20 games,
    Target 25-30 points.

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  • January 11, 2014 at 17:13
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    Knew there new signing would bite us in the ass, sounds like we didn't take our chances, hit post, a lot of shots directly at the keeper, putting that aside, we were unlucky, and sounds better then southend, but need to be gettin points of teams who are around us in the league, good things to come hopefully, COYL!!!

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  • January 11, 2014 at 17:13
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    Gutted but progress reporter even said we looked solid bring on ipswich IH has only had four days incharge so not that bad shame we could nt get a point

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  • January 11, 2014 at 17:13
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    gutted , did,nt deserve that , we need to score when on top , ollie needs to get morrison and mac , scoring , had a enough off the ball to win , have always said the board shouldnt have let this go on till xmas , hope i am wrong , and its not to late for ollie to turn around , we need some luck and fast.

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  • January 11, 2014 at 17:15
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    Wells - Huddersfield record signing just so happens to sign before playing of all teams in this league... Us! What a suprise! It was always written that he would pinch the winner for Huddersfield in the last minutes and deliver Wall yet another away day defeat, sickening.

    No matter, I knew this would happen and never expected us to go there and get anything not even a draw. Olly has now seen for first time, first hand how awful our defence is and can start considering making changes to this limited league One backline. Roll on to the next game at home, the Den will be packed and rocking regardless and in full voice. Make no mistake about it, IH won't be happy that his first game in charge ended in a defeat without scoring against the opposition again. Bring on Ipswich!

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    • January 11, 2014 at 17:26
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      @Bexley_Lion:
      it shows how low our expectations are , doesn't it - It's only Huddersfield - if it had been a 30yd shot fair enough - but another defensive error! How, with added time left can you get it wrong? It might only be one point but one point kept us up last year. Let's now stop all this pride talk - it isn't lack of pride that meant we lost - it is lack of talent and application.

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    • January 11, 2014 at 17:29
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      @Bexley_Lion: It's typical Millwall that their new signing comes on and gets the late goal.

      Huddersfield aren't much bigger than us and they can do it - hopefully it's a timely lesson to Berylson at this level you have to invest in quality, not quantity. Our team is what it is - a collection of mainly free-transfers and loans, most of whom are well past their best (even before they came to us). We seriously need proper investment if we want to avoid relegation. Hopefully Holloway will actually be given the funds to build a decent side.

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      • January 11, 2014 at 17:37
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        @Micky Lions: completely true - 2nd rate players will always find ways of losing you games - a defensive error isn't luck - missing gaol scoring opportunities isn't luck

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  • January 11, 2014 at 17:16
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    1-0 in the 90min. Absolutely gutted but it sounds like there are some plus points to come out of this, so we can't be too downhearted. Looking forward to next Saturday.

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  • January 11, 2014 at 17:17
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    We lost the f****** game, I don't care if it was an improvement? Jack smith is a league two player along with Dunne, Shittu is a league one player so with these c**** in my team we are doomed!!
    Love Ian holloway, but why did he pick the defence that conceded four at Southend? Aarrrrggggghhhhhh !!!!!!!!

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  • January 11, 2014 at 17:20
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    Seems the mood was a lot better in the team and they worked hard, wait till we hear what IH has to say, still plenty of time to turn things around, but Huddersfield were lucky.

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    • January 11, 2014 at 17:29
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      @Peckhamlad: no not lucky - they scored one goal ; we didn't

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  • January 11, 2014 at 17:21
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    Holloway what was you thinking? unless it was a tactic to show ambler just how s*** the defence is and how crucial new signings are.

    Don't play Smith
    Don't play Dunne

    My back four for the MOMENT would be
    Hoyte Shittu Beevers Lowry

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    • January 11, 2014 at 17:55
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      F**king hoyte are you on the p*** already...smith i do agred asbsoluty pony

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  • January 11, 2014 at 17:22
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    Still above the drop zone. Donaster and Yeovil look dead certs for me and a few others will get pulled into the fight. I reckon Bournemouth will struggle second half of the season. We should just concentrate on finishing this season with at least 3 teams under us which I think we will.
    Looking forward to a packed Den next week.

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    • January 11, 2014 at 17:28
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      @wall2wall: i agree we need to beat the teams around us yeovil away , and sheff wed at home are must win games , as is barnsley away , i think we need to get a at least 25 points , we need some luck ,

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      • January 11, 2014 at 17:50
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        @munson68:
        25 points is about my guess too.

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        • January 11, 2014 at 18:07
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          Dont even need 25pts..your assuming the other shower will gain enough to push us that far..charlton cant eveo stage a game

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    • January 11, 2014 at 17:34
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      @wall2wall: love the optimism, but we play an Ipswich team with good confidence and some decent talent with the same squad of losers - when do we get gifted goals?

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      • January 11, 2014 at 17:46
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        @timchimes:
        Holloway's first home match and Mick Mccarthy leading the away team. I think we will beat Ipswich. I did not expect anything today although we very nearly got a point. Roll on next Saturday.

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        • January 11, 2014 at 18:06
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          @wall2wall: I sincerely hope you are right - but it defies logic!!!

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          • January 11, 2014 at 18:15
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            @timchimes:
            My logic is a new manager that has united the fans and the best twelth man in football reappearing at the Den next week. Today as mentioned by Steveo below was a starting experiment for the manager. He will not play the same team next week. Keep the faith Tim.

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  • January 11, 2014 at 17:23
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    Absolutely choked. These scripts seem to always land at our door. Despite this though, I think IH will be encouraged if not impressed by the way the players responded to his instructions. If it's not the officials hijacking our performances it's lady luck. Roll on Ipswich!

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  • January 11, 2014 at 17:26
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    fickle bunch of c****! as if he's gonna come in and drop a load of players from southend game!!! hows that gonna help any of their confidence. this was an experiment . go with the team that's possibly the worst and build confidence then see what happens! we narrowly and unluckily lost to a very good team that are on form. already an improvement if you ask me , if lomarse was here that would of been 4 - 0 i will say what i have always said and that's jack smith is f****** useless . but holloway needs to see these players , and assess where to go with em or if to get rid. be patient ffs!!!

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    • January 11, 2014 at 17:38
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      @steveomfc5: quite agree, give the IH a chance and dont start telling him who to drop or who to play, that's his job, I am looking forward to what he has to say.

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      • January 11, 2014 at 17:43
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        @Peckhamlad: same im sure it won't take him long to out the weaklings the man is vastly experienced and knows whats good enough and not for this league . i expect at least 4 out by mid feb and 2 or 3 in maybe more depending on how they respond over the next 4 or 5 games .

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    • January 11, 2014 at 17:49
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      @steveomfc5: it's not being fickle - we know he can only work with what he has got - these comments from people come out of frustration that they have a million pound player coming off the bench to put chances away and we miss chances and cock up at the back at crucial times , primarily because our recruitment policy over the last two years has been lacking intelligence - new players are needed now - not when it is too late - why didn't we get a late goal from their error?

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      • January 11, 2014 at 17:59
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        @timchimes: it might be frustration but , more patience is required , he's only had 1 game and 2 training sessions and got the team looking better . so another few training sessions plus he's doing a in house game this week to learn more about the players and then we will be fine , and he will be able to out the deadwood and bring in some decent players. i think smith,robbo,shittu,bywater,morro,keogh and mcdonald should be worried at the moment some of em are good enough and playing with no confidence some are just not good enough for this level anymore .

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        • January 11, 2014 at 18:14
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          @steveomfc5: you are correct - we have half a team who have the talent but lack confidence, but finding the players who are good enough in a short time to be the other half of the team on a limited budget is going to be difficult - then they need to gel - How much time do we have? Yes patience and cool heads are needed but so is talent -
          The lateness of the goal I think is what hurts most - conceding late goals is usually indicative of a falling team - scoring late goals is the opposite

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          • January 11, 2014 at 21:30
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            @timchimes: At least we held out to the last minute not great I know but we usually concede within 5mins of the start, 5mins before half time or 5mins after half time or all of the above in the same game.
            So today is an improvement, I thought it would be 3-0, they are a difficult side to play.
            But our squad is seriously lacking in skill compared to most of the sides we meet.
            Someone on here said that Huddersfield were a similar size club to ours but their crowds are normally bigger and I can't imagine us having 2x 1 million pound players on the books.
            So it just shows you what we are up against.

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    • January 12, 2014 at 16:14
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      @steveomfc5:
      Although I don't expect IH to s*** miracles (and I would have had that demented old fart Warnock anyway) I also don't see it as the first job of the new manger to bolster the confidence of three defenders who shouldn't be on the team sheet unless everybody else has dropped dead the previous night.

      But what strikes me as totally bizarre is the idea of deliberately, with malice aforethought, choosing your worst team and building upwards. Even Lomas wasn't stupid enough to do that (though he had a good try).

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  • January 11, 2014 at 17:34
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    ' Steve Morison pounced on Oliver Norwood's under-hit back pass in the 22nd minute but drilled tamely into the arms of Alex Smithies '...................not good enough mate,this is your job.How the f..k can you drill ' tamely ' or do you practise this in training ?????

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  • January 11, 2014 at 17:36
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    I listened to the game on lions world. Going by what I heard , we really deserved a point. At times we dominated possession and it was easy to forget we were the away team. Lack of quality in the final 3rd and a mistake at the back. Lethal combination that needs addressing. Other than that , it sounded a lot better to be fair. I'm gutted but encouraged if that makes sense.

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    • January 11, 2014 at 18:58
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      @Block 8: My sentiments entirely Block.

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  • January 11, 2014 at 17:38
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    Another schoolboy error costing us the game, Ollie's now seen what is required, let's hope he uses his connections to get some defenders in.

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  • January 11, 2014 at 17:39
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    They invest proper money on a player,we do not.They win ,we lose.Says it all.

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  • January 11, 2014 at 17:45
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    IH should have learnt 2 things from this game

    1) We have Defenders who can't defend.
    2) We have Strikers who can't score goals.

    Why was Hoyte signed before IH arrived yet he is not even on the bench? Surely he is better than Dunne?
    Smith gets in the team in front of Beevers? I know Beevers has been poor recently but surely he is better than Smith?
    As well as sorting out the defence we need at least 1 forward who can score goals because we will not win games otherwise. Draws are no good for the rest of the season.
    I hope IH now brings in some new players soon instead of leaving it until the last few days of the transfer window when any players worth signing will already have been snapped up by other clubs.

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    • January 11, 2014 at 17:52
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      @denslions: After paying-off Lomas and bringing in Holloway, is there any money left for worthwhile transfers?

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      • January 11, 2014 at 18:29
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        @SE14 Exile: You are probably right.And you have the problem of getting players to sign for Millwall.

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    • January 11, 2014 at 21:35
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      @denslions: I think Hoyte was signed as a squad player for the under 21 team.

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  • January 11, 2014 at 18:05
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    Just hear IH on the radio, although disappointed the team came away empty handed he was very pleased with the effort and attitude of the players. he said if the supporters had seen the workrate of the players they would have applauded them. he is certainly not downhearted and is very confident we will stay up. He still has a lot of work to do to get the side playing the way he wants.
    The guy is experienced and we should stop telling him who to drop or who to play. Let's be patient right now.

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  • January 11, 2014 at 18:13
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    Smith was atrocious against southend at left back, and jimmy covered him majority of 2nd half as he was always out of position, doesn't look comfortable playing there at all,hopefully a change there next game,

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    • January 11, 2014 at 18:24
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      @dan85 deptford millwall: yes of course Dan - everybody for three years has known Smith is not good enough at this level (nothing to do with today's performance)

      Things need to be handled very firmly - I think when you have players around a squad that aren't good enough, it drains confidence - you need a squad where any individual feels that he can rely on the next individual - This situation should have been dealt with long ago; contracts have been given to the wrong players - Players like smith dunne etc should be out on loan physically away from the team and replaced by better professional - Holloway needs to instigate a regime change - Let's put it this way- it has to be done at some point, so why not now.

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  • January 11, 2014 at 18:28
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    Three managers & one caretaker has picked dunne ahead of hoyte smith Connelly & Adam smith. He must be doing something right.

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  • January 11, 2014 at 18:28
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    Before the game started I read the previous article about holloway wants to take Millwall to the premiership !!! We lie fourth bottom, leaking goals like a sieve, can't buy a win, have the most generous defense in English football and we are talking about the premier league... F*** me!!! What the reporter should've asked him was something more relevant like 'who's you back four against Huddersfield gonna be' at least we all could of said something!! Sheff weds are coming good, Donny battle every year and avoid the drop as do Barnsley... We don't have it in us to fight the drop.. Our team is aged.. And most of our lomas signings are on one year deals anyway so what do they give a f*** what happens to us, they will be down Carrow road or selhurst park next year!!! Dunne, shittu, smith you can all f*** off.... Morrison can too... He gives less if a s*** each week!!! Why do you think Leeds gave up becchio to Norwich for that c*** then gave him to us four months later??? He is s*** and won't get any better!!! Sorry holloway, you are a great manager but Fergie couldn't get us out of this s***!! We will be relegated this year... Hate hate hate to say it but the writing was in the walk in week one when yeovil done us in our own field...

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    • January 11, 2014 at 18:40
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      @weststandwill: No we will not be relegated, Holloway does not believe that and as he said the team fought hard today, one player made a mistake give the guy some time to turn it around.

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  • January 11, 2014 at 18:28
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    Didn't listen today but from the sounds of it its an improvement. I have said for aged jack smith is useless It makes me wonder how easy it must be to become a professional Footballer if he can.

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  • January 11, 2014 at 18:33
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    People keep moaning bout dunny who had a solid game..this is a man who is millwall through & thougih..(2) he is a midfield player..was put theqre by KJ cos of injures..ii think you find it was smith who made a balls upWHAT

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    • January 11, 2014 at 18:47
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      @Jim28: please stop defending Dunne (excuse the pun) - it is not personal - it has nothing to do with being Millwall through and through (so am I , but you wouldn't want me at right back ) Is Wells their goal scorer Huderrsfield through and though? You know the answer - he knows how to put the ball in the net. Lee Trevino said things that don't last are dogs chasing cars and pros putting for pars. Dunne based on 8 years or more of playing just isn't good enough and you have to get over it - he could play in a slightly improved back four for the remainder of the season and keep us up, but at some point he has to go.

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      • January 11, 2014 at 22:44
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        @timchimes:
        Did you listen to the game?
        Alan Dunne had a solid performance and like others have said they have brought in plenty of right backs to replace him and he still fights his way back into the team.
        Like others on here I am patient and optimistic.
        KJ and Lomas made some bad signings and Ollie cannot sign up a new squad of players in a week!
        So why don't you change the record!
        Jim28 please carry on defending Alan Dunne

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        • January 12, 2014 at 07:50
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          @MillwallGra: Dunne is not good enough, end of discussion

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  • January 11, 2014 at 18:33
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    Can see IH getting this mess sorted out and will not announce why or who to keep confidence high. Smith has long been a player that shouldn't have been here but he will see all of them incl Keogh and no doubt will be making initial judgements on releasing/loan/buying players in. Unfortunately we have a fair amount of deadwood imo and hope Ollie gets funds and is able to offload the driftwood to allow Championship or better quality in. Would be nice to invest in some upcoming players rather than has-beens.

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  • January 11, 2014 at 18:34
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    just heard the result in prague at a club pugilist event,hard luck lads looks like things are looking up with attitude and commitment.ollie needs time to work on the strengths and improve the weaknesses.

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  • January 11, 2014 at 18:40
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    Expected nothing and got nothing. This shows Ollie just what he is up against, toothless going forward and prone to switching off at the back. They obviously tried really hard for the new gaffer but this current squad will struggle to keep us up. Over to you now Ollie. Please use your vast contact base and bring in the new blood we so desperately need. COYL

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  • January 11, 2014 at 18:52
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    Ok we won't get relegated!!!! Which one of our strikers is gonna score 10-12 goals the rest of the season?? Which one of our defenders are gonna stop millwalls 3 goals per game conceding record???.... Answer--- none of them!!! We have to spend this January but be honest what prolific striker or giant center back is sitting out there waiting for a call from millwall.... Even if JB give Ollie 3 million.... What's that gonna do.... We can't buy 8 players with any nowse with that!!!

    And I'm f****** sick and tired of people saying dunne is the player we want at the den... He is millwall thru and thru.... Who give a s*** if he is it isn't... He is way past his sell by date and because he is a real wall player doesn't mean we should play him week in week out when he doesn't belong anywhere near our starting eleleven... If that's your logic cause his wall thru and thru let's call les briley and hurlock up and put then on one year contracts, maybe rhino or McCleary why we are at it.... I would rather have a player who is as far from 'wall' as you could possibly get as long as he gets the job done u don't care if he gets on the bus with a palace scarf round his neck, we need players who can play not old millwall boys who couldn't run a bath...

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  • January 11, 2014 at 18:53
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    Ok we won't get relegated!!!! Which one of our strikers is gonna score 10-12 goals the rest of the season?? Which one of our defenders are gonna stop Millwall's 3 goals per game conceding record???.... Answer--- none of them!!! We have to spend this January but be honest what prolific striker or giant center back is sitting out there waiting for a call from millwall.... Even if JB give Ollie 3 million.... What's that gonna do.... We can't buy 8 players with any nowse with that!!!

    And I'm f****** sick and tired of people saying dunne is the player we want at the den... He is Millwall thru and thru.... Who give a s*** if he is it isn't... He is way past his sell by date and because he is a real wall player doesn't mean we should play him week in week out when he doesn't belong anywhere near our starting eleven... If that's your logic cause his wall thru and thru let's call les briley and hurlock up and put then on one year contracts, maybe rhino or McCleary why we are at it.... I would rather have a player who is as far from 'wall' as you could possibly get as long as he gets the job done u don't care if he gets on the bus with a palace scarf round his neck, we need players who can play not old Millwall boys who couldn't run a bath...

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  • January 11, 2014 at 19:00
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    "New Huddersfield signing Nahki Wells scored a last-minute winner to condemn Ian Holloway to defeat in his first game in charge of Millwall.
    The 23-year-old found the net from a tight angle 24 hours after his club-record transfer from Bradford.
    Millwall's Scott McDonald hit the post from 18 yards while Steve Morison had a header well saved by Alex Smithies.
    " There were positives for former Crystal Palace and Blackpool manager Holloway, who took charge of Millwall earlier in the week.
    Morison, on loan from Leeds, was denied by a fine save from keeper Smithies following an error by Oliver Norwood before the interval.
    The Lions had shipped 49 goals, the worst tally in the league before the match, but Huddersfield could not find a way through until right at the end. " From BBC sport.

    Am sure given time IH will put things right..in his own way, at least the defence held firm until that last gasp goal from their million plus player. It will take time and perhaps a few more losses before Holloway can turn fortunes around, am confident we will stay up.

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  • January 11, 2014 at 19:06
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    Better to lose 3 or 4 games out of Holloway's first 6 and identify and eliminate the errors, than to have an artificial winning bubble of confidence concealing the issues. I for one am not gutted about this result. There is time and games left for a wise man to at least get us in average form. Holloway is wise.

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    • January 11, 2014 at 19:56
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      @SE14: Spot on.

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    • January 11, 2014 at 23:58
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      @SE14:
      Totally agree.

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  • January 12, 2014 at 00:44
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    So a couple brandys later and I feel bad lol,my rant about smith, over the last 3/4 years he has been very very useful to us, and filled in where we needed when needed, so just incase he reads this, thankyou,but u was bad,lol..bring on ipswich,and let's have them in the den,and if smith plays I wish him luck...

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  • January 12, 2014 at 09:52
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    Sounds like we had a go and at times played some promising football. Strange set up Ollie put out but Im guessing he knew what he was doing and had a plan. Worked for 90mins. Jack Smith has never impressed me though. Not good enough for this league. Sorry Jack but your punching above your weight. Would be more suited to leagues 1 or 2 I think. Good effort though lads.

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  • January 13, 2014 at 11:34
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    SORRY MATE, BUT JACK SMITH HAS PLAYED WELL FOR MILLWALL MOST TIMES THAT HE
    HAS BEEN IN THE TEAM.........................THE REASON IS BECAUSE HE DOES VENTURE UP FORWARD
    WITH THE BALL, AND SUPPORTS THE MIDFUIELD / FORWARD LINE [ A BIT LIKE THE BRAZILAN "JUNIOR" & ASHLEY COLE ]..............THATS THE MODERN DEFENDERS WAY.
    [ JUST ASK IAN HOLLOWAY OR ANY MODERN MANAGER ]..............
    ALSO , NOT ONLY "SOUNDS LIKE" WE WERE THERE TO WITNESS HOW WELL WE PLAYED, FOR MOST
    OF THE GAME AT THE JOHN SMITH STADIUM, [ HUDDERSFIELD TOWN ]........AND CAN ASSURE ANYONE WHO STAYED AT HOME, THAT MILLWALL ARE " BACK IN BUSINESS " , AGAIN.
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    " NO ONE LIKES US, WE DON'T CARE "
    STORMIN' NORMAN...............................REPORTS THAT THE LIONS PLAYED TERRIFIC AT TOWN.

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