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Holloway thrilled with Millwall's pre-season fitness levels

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IAN Holloway has revealed that Millwall's fitness levels are far greater than he expected at this stage of pre-season training.

The Lions have been doing three sessions a day at a boot camp in Portugal this week and Holloway has been impressed with the physical condition of his players.

The squad were given Thursday off to recharge their batteries but will be put through two more days of intense work before their return flight to Gatwick this weekend.

"It's been warm in the afternoons but the back end of the week has been scorching so we've got to be careful with them," Holloway said.

"On Wednesday we did three sessions – I had them running up the hills and we stepped things up again.

"The fitness levels are far greater than with any previous group I've had.

"All my records are showing that we're further ahead than the squads I've managed in the past and not one person is behind.

"Hopefully the squad is buying into everything we're talking about.

"I'm giving the youngsters a chance to show me what they can do because they haven't played my way before.

"This week will tell me where they are and gives them an opportunity to learn a few things.

"Everything we've been doing has been built around ball work. We've done one clock run but apart from that the ball has been out.

"Our attacking structure is something we'll be doing a lot of work on. How we transition from attacking into defending is really important. That's where I'm starting."

Holloway says the trip to the Algarve has been particularly helpful in his assessment of the younger players on the fringes of the first team.

And the Millwall boss expects Danny Shittu, Paul Robinson, Carlos Edwards and David Forde to reintegrate themselves seamlessly into the group next week.

"I've left four of the senior boys at home so that I can have a look at the young ones but they will be ready for when I get back," he added.

"Hopefully a lot of the stuff we did at the end of last year with Robinson, Edwards, Shittu and Forde will be just like clockwork again on the brilliant training pitches we've got now.

"This trip is so I can see where the young ones are.

"I've brought Mick Harford out here so he can watch things as well and we'll discuss where we think these boys are and then go off with a plan to implement when we get back.

"But so far these lads have been a credit to Millwall – I have got pride in my club and I'm making a decent pride of young players, if you'll excuse the pun."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

54 thoughts on “Holloway thrilled with Millwall's pre-season fitness levels

  • July 4, 2014 at 08:57
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    Simply, in holloway I trust.

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    • July 4, 2014 at 09:08
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      along with george graham this is the most professional start by a manager.
      as dragonfly said in holloway we trust.@dragonflymfc:

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  • July 4, 2014 at 09:05
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    ........and an empty treatment room at start of season, for a change !

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    • July 4, 2014 at 11:30
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      @frank: don't jinx it! Chaplow's knee/calf/hamstring/back/earlobe might go again!

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  • July 4, 2014 at 09:15
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    On the subject of adverts,IMO the more ads put on means, along with euroferries we have people that want to be linked to millwall.So the ads can be annoying ,but they do have an up side to them.

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  • July 4, 2014 at 09:32
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    I know IH is a bit mad sometimes, but he seems to be laying fantastic foundations at the club. His enthusiasm will rub off on JB, and will mean we have a much more certain future than we did 6-7 months ago. Love what he's saying, and hope it translates onto the pitch. COYL

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  • July 4, 2014 at 09:41
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    millwalls future is looking very good! long may it continue. im buzzing for this season, i think we're gonna be a real force in the championship this year. looks like the players have all had a real f****** big boot up the a*** since ollie got here, bring on leeds scum!!!

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  • July 4, 2014 at 09:44
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    not one player is behind! thats good to hear could even see a different hoyte this year if hes got himself fit under ollie now

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    • July 4, 2014 at 10:08
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      @Millwall_Rich: Rich i hope we do see a different hoyte,but if IH does play him the crowd will have to keep off his back.
      As IH said every one starts with a clean slate,that has to be our attitude as well.

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  • July 4, 2014 at 10:00
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    Let's not all get carried away it's a long season I hope and prey for a good season , bit this is millwall we are talking about anything can happen .

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    • July 4, 2014 at 11:32
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      @lionheart: Absolutely right it is a long season and as you stated anything can happen as it is Millwall you are talking about. However, whilst the proof of IH's ability will be in the results on the pitch, it is really refreshing with what he is trying to achieve and the way he is trying to do it. When he started his task at Millwall we were doomed for League One, IMO Ollie has already performed his first miracle and with the attitude and commitment to the club that he is showing and the backing of JB, I for one believe Millwall my beloved Lions will be progressing in the right direction.

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      • July 4, 2014 at 11:37
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        @Torrieollie: Torrieollie i am with you all the way on your post.

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  • July 4, 2014 at 10:03
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    Don't really have a lot to say, close season. THIS MAN OLLIE IS THE BEST THING TO HAPPEN TO OUR CLUB IN YEARS! LEGEND IN THE MAKING !

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  • July 4, 2014 at 10:16
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    Getting back to the Alan Shearer comment's,what did he say about us that was so bad.

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  • July 4, 2014 at 10:24
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    can we not give Ollie too much praise i quite liked watching him bowing down to us lol

    love the bloke bring it on Ollie

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  • July 4, 2014 at 11:46
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    @jim1222.:ABOUT SHEARER. After the argie game ..right at the end oe the game there was a free kick..Shearer fort he'll make a joke..he sahd he was getting worried there mite be trouble in the wajj..then followed that by saying at TROUBLE AT MILLWALL.HO HO...i'am no choir boy but there was no need to mention us & it wasn't very funny...yet another moronic comment geordie ponce

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    • July 4, 2014 at 12:06
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      @Jim28: Unfortunately, most people outside of Millwall have this stereo image of the club. Shearer when making this flippant remark probably meant no harm.
      Yet what is special about our support is it's down to earth sense of humour and respect, YES RESPECT to fellow Millwall supporters. My wife comes from a family of ardent Chelsea supporters and at first was frightened to come to the Den because of our alleged reputation. She has realized very quickly how unfair that reputation is. She now understands what makes this club special, THE SUPPORTERS, THE SENSE OF BELONGING. As we all know you get this nowhere else.

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    • July 4, 2014 at 12:16
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      @Jim28: thanks jim ,you are right a geordie ponce just about sums him up,i would love to pick him up in my cab to see how he would handle a right mouthful.

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      • July 4, 2014 at 12:47
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        @jim1222: Dont think he meant anything by it.... flippant comment which has only come from certain people in our so called fan base acting like morons! Geordie ponce or not he's still the best number 9 the english game has ever seen!

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        • July 4, 2014 at 15:25
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          @TheBermondseyBomber: I agree with you about the morons that follow millwall,what annoys me is the comentaters that tar us with the same brush,when we are not in a position to speak up for ourselves,still i suppose our morons are responsible for that.

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          • July 4, 2014 at 18:05
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            @jim1222: we was praised by the board how the fans are turning opinions around. But they said it only takes one idiot to spoil it. Step up mr shearer & him being a good no 9 don't give him the right to s*** us off. This is a man that put club before country.

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    • July 4, 2014 at 13:31
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      @Jim28: I hate it when the wajj gives us trouble 🙂

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  • July 4, 2014 at 12:09
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    The best thing about this post is that he is working on our attacking style. Nothing has fustrated me more than our attacking over the last few years. Its been so predictable and annoying to watch. No one expects us to play like arsenal! But i am excited to see some flair and decent football thats what we have needed for so long. I hope we keep ollie for more than his initial 2 years. He could go on to be a serious legend if he turns us into a real threat.

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    • July 4, 2014 at 15:46
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      @SLloyd23: Dead right about that. Kenny Jackett's way of attacking was 'get it down the wing (preferably in the air) then get a cross in. It's no surprise that didn't cut the mustard in the Championship. You don't need Ronaldo in your team to play with imagination, as many a club proved last season.

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  • July 4, 2014 at 13:54
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    Let's Stay grounded Wall, that ginger fella we had started well by getting players in this time last year! Lol
    I gotta admit Ih is the man to lead us forward to greatness

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  • July 4, 2014 at 15:12
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    Chaps if youre still upset with dodgy comments about the lions then get with the programme , suck it up , we thrive on it !

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  • July 4, 2014 at 15:57
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    Ollie I know you would make as good I don't think we will be near the bottom this year all I can see is good things and you giving us all big happy faces 🙂

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  • July 4, 2014 at 16:38
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    Kenny done wonders for us and took us as far as he could and we all thank him for that and now the Ollie era begins his first full season and all I can see is good things happening to this wonderful club of ours.I still think we need one or two players still but I trust Ollie to get the players he needs,It may not be next season ( 2014/15 ) but I can see him taking us to the prem.
    We will hurt a lot of teams next season who think we will just roll over because they think they are bigger then us but in this league ANYTHING can happen and it will to us,So bring it on.

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  • July 4, 2014 at 16:40
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    IH is playing all the right notes , confidence is high throughout the club from us the supporters through to the players, bring on the championship clubs , bring them to the Den, let them cr*p themselves again , were back !! for once for a long long time you feel were ready to go (well apart from a striker or two)

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  • July 4, 2014 at 19:31
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    I think IH and JB are laying solid foundations for the future development of this club and the potential venture in the PL. I think IH will and defiantly be an excellent thing us you can see the work he is putting in from the grass roots to the first team and it's hard not to get exited. I still think that next season will be a struggle and I can't help but feel this squad is a weaker one than last season. Loosing trotter, Henry, lowery and Morison and not really replacing them, say what you like about there desire to play for us and attitude you cannot take away from the quality

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  • July 4, 2014 at 20:34
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    @SEANMFC: funny how different people see it differently . The loss of the players you mention are precisely the reason I think we are a stronger side now since their exit. ( I used to rate Henry though, and morro the first time round) but all 4 had run their course, you can't live in the past mate,time to move on.

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    • July 4, 2014 at 21:02
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      @bordersarebest0170: I agree mate about looking forward and I am, I think some big strides are bring made but I think all this talk about promotion with a squad that I don't think is as good as last years is a bit far fetched.

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  • July 5, 2014 at 07:26
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    Read the local papers friday one has ollie saying that he's definately after 1 or 2 strikers..and soon(cos its july)..he's prepared to go abroad if nessary...also hutch may well be our next RB.(prefered position)..olly has said he wont pressure him..The baggies enquired weeus ago but haven't heard nothing since(1st team football unlikely)..s/wed cant sign anyone cos the takeover aint got FL blessing..mainly cos the chairman is involved with 2 other clubs

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    • July 5, 2014 at 13:06
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      @Jim28: If thats the case with Hutch what about Carlos? he doesn't deserve to rot on the bench.

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      • July 5, 2014 at 19:20
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        @Sealion: because hutch prefers RB dont mean ollie will play him there..the main reason he wants him is cos he can play in 5 positions

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        • July 5, 2014 at 21:54
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          @Jim28: Ollie said that that Hutchinson would get in our first team, can't imagine that Edwards and Dunne were chuffed to hear that. Bloke don't even play for us and Ollie is broadcasting him as better than what we have. Dropped a bollock there Ollie.

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  • July 5, 2014 at 10:21
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    @SEANMFC : yeah mate,must agree we did look stronger on paper last season but that didn't for whatever reason prove to be the case on the pitch, so changes have to be made,which is now happening. One other little thing,you mention trotter but remember he wanted away,he did not want to play for us,so he had to go regardless of we rated him or not, but we are looking o k mate,few more to come yet.

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  • July 6, 2014 at 00:17
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    Got a feeling we will end up getting st ledger instead of hutchinson

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  • July 6, 2014 at 09:39
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    Did we really need to go to Portugal to do all this? If we stayed at home we could have included all the squad and saved a bomb. Also think spending loads of money on flat training pitches is another waste.

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    • July 6, 2014 at 10:16
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      @Glasshalffull: If millwall want to be better ,then we need to not only improve our playing staff,but our infrastructure, do all the top teams train and practice on inferior pitches ,of course not.Getting better playing staff and having top class training facilities go hand in hand.
      As for portugal, IH took us there to get the player's fitter and also to bond better,i personally think that worked,after returning from portugal we did not get the results we wanted but we deserved more than we got out of many games that we played after coming home,perhaps it needed dunny's dressing room blow up to make things click into place,what i am trying to say is,that no one thing but a conglomeration of things was tantamount to turning our season around.
      I firmly believe portugal was part of our massive turn around,and that new training pitches will be part of our moving forward in our quest for top flight football.
      IH by keeping us in the championship has completed the first aim of his tenure,so as long as JB back's him what ever he does is ok by me. COYL

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      • July 6, 2014 at 12:08
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        @jim1222.: there's 2 ways you can look at this..yes getting a flat surface to train on helps with passing skill & other things he may want to introduce..but most important is stopping silly injuries in training...but come match days most of the pitches are bumpy(including ours).in a ideal world they should be all good surfaces

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      • July 6, 2014 at 12:17
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        @jim1222: I don't see we achieve the 'bonding' when we leave 4 senior pros behind including the club captain. That looks divisive to me.

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        • July 6, 2014 at 18:34
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          @Glasshalffull: its obvious you dont know the reasons for leaving at least three behind.
          1 Carlos Edwards would have problems getting back in the country due to work permit conditions
          2 Shittu is not considered fit enough to get through the heavy training regime due to the injury he got last season.
          3Forde was on international duty so they decided to let him have a holiday
          if you read the posts put out by the club you would have known this.
          The only decisive thing i can see is your kind of attitude.

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          • July 7, 2014 at 12:23
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            @jim1222: should read divisive. silly me

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        • July 6, 2014 at 20:49
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          @Glasshalffull: your username is a little misleading with a statement like that pal...
          Can't really fault jim1222's logic here

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      • July 7, 2014 at 09:46
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        @jim1222: IH also took the squad here for privacy and ability to concentrate on team fitness and tactics, No distractions, no girl friends and wives, no supporters getting in the way, no harassment. They could focus totally in a pleasant environment. Anyway its the manager's decision so I cannot understand why some people keep carping on about i.

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        • July 7, 2014 at 10:22
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          @Peckhamlad: Peckham you are so right,IH has given the player's all the right preparation for the new season,so they can have no excuses if they dont give a 100% better start to this season than we did last season.
          What ever happen's fan's must get behind OLLIE and the team,in particular no booing bywater or hoyte if OLLIE has to ply them

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    • July 7, 2014 at 11:07
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      @Glasshalffull: Are you mad or are your comments just a wind up?

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  • July 6, 2014 at 12:06
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    To be honest, we heard every excuse under the sun until the eight game unbeaten run and now Holloway has left himself with no excuses should things go wrong. Great to see a positive vibe around the place but it was the same this time last year. It's all about points on the board so let's see where we are after the Blackpool game before we start getting carried away again. A stand out new signing before the season starts would be encouraging.

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    • July 6, 2014 at 12:26
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      @lion.ie: you right ollie has to start this season with a clean slate with himself..forget about april that is now history..he'll be judged on this season like any other manager..but i do feel better this year..lets have a good start for a change then we can kick on..COYW

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      • July 6, 2014 at 13:02
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        @Jim28: It's a fine line between success and failure Jim and Holloway was only a couple of results away from taking us down but to pull us out of the fire with eight games to go was a great achievement. It wouldn't surprise me if we start badly and we'll see all the 'in 'Ollie' we trust' fans start to turn, equally it wouldn't surprise me if we started very well and the expectation goes through the roof. I've said from the day he was appointed that for some reason Holloway is a winning and losing streak manager and it might just be a bit of a roller-coaster season, so strap in everybody.....COYL

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  • July 6, 2014 at 14:02
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    Are people still forgetting that we ARE a few players short of a good team? Personally don't fancy O'Brien and Easter up front next season and still think we need some fresh wingers. Its not always about pace with them, still need to have good technical ability. Take Feeney… quick, but couldn't ever beat the first man with a cross… Think a GOALSCORER is needed, doesn't need to be particularly hard working as long as he scores goals. I don't think Glen Murray was ever a worker up top and he certainly wasn't the best technically but he poached goals and found himself in the right place at the right time. Not to mention his heading ability.

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    • July 6, 2014 at 18:08
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      @Shittu's Hankey: I always bring up the same person when i talk about wingers (Danny schofield) nothing exciting, run like her had a cart horse on his back and always seemed on the razzledazzle the night before, but was the best keeper of the ball and allowed us to build are attacks, KJ best buy in my opinion deadline buy from Yeovil.

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