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Report: Dartford 0-1 Millwall

MILLWALL started their pre-season schedule with a 1-0 win against Conference side Dartford.

Jermiane Easter scored the only goal after an hour as Ian Holloway fielded 25 of the 26 players that travelled to Princes Park, including trialists Magaye Gueye and Mathew Briggs.

The visitors started the better of the two sides with Gueye having the best chances.

Gueye's first opportunity came after seven minutes when the ball fell to him 25-yards out, but the former Everton man fired just wide of the target.

Eight minutes later, Gueye was in the thick of the action again.

At the end of a slick passing move, the French winger advanced to the right side of the Dartford penalty area only to curl just over the crossbar.

Millwall had another chance to break the deadlock on the half-hour mark when Briggs received a pass from Richard Chaplow and his arrowed effort struck the outside of the post.

Justin Hoyte, who had been impressive in the opening exchanges, was then forced off with an injury, with forward Aiden O'Brien his replacement.

Gueye, Millwall's most impressive player, had his third effort on goal in the 33rd minute but former Wales international Jason Brown held onto his shot.

Millwall made wholesale changes at half time, with a completely different XI lining up for the second period.

Five minutes after the interval, Lee Martin saw his free-kick from the edge of the area float over the crossbar.

But just past the hour mark, Ed Upson swept the ball to Carlos Edwards and his cross was curled into the bottom corner by Easter.

Goalkeeper Stephen Bywater had little to do at the other end during a largely uneventful second half, although Edwards was later forced off with a hamstring injury.

Millwall first half: Forde; Hoyte (O'Brien, 33mins) Robinson, Webster, Briggs; Abdou, Williams; Woolford, Chaplow, Gueye; Marquis.

Millwall second half: Bywater; Edwards (Nelson, 75 mins); Dunne, Beevers, Malone; Bailey, Wright, Martin (Onyedinma, 83 mins), Upson (Powell, 83 mins) ; Easter, Gregory.

Jay Taylor

(@jay_taylor18)

45 thoughts on “Report: Dartford 0-1 Millwall

  • July 15, 2014 at 21:56
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    Good run out, clean sheet, a win and sounds like Gueye impressed. Worrying injury for Edwards, hamstring apparently. As for Hoyte, leave him in Dartford the bloody two-bob sicknote wage-thief!!

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    • July 15, 2014 at 22:03
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      @harryfabian: need to get some proper strikers in or another season of struggle .

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      • July 15, 2014 at 22:18
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        Agree. Fuller imo is a mistake. We have to sign Smith. Only player of his ilk available. @southstandview:

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        • July 16, 2014 at 10:12
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          @harryfabian: he says he'll still need another striker as well as fuller, fuller isnt bad cover really

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    • July 15, 2014 at 23:07
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      @harryfabian: According to report Hoyte was impressive so why not give him a chance? If IH thinks he is ok then that's ok by me. Shame about the injuries but there is plenty of time for the players to get over them.

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      • July 15, 2014 at 23:50
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        Fair enough he "seemed" okay for 30 minutes against a conference side. Give the guy a 5 year deal based on that. Do me a favour. Hard to give him a chance when he's consistently injured or unfit. @Peckhamlad:

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        • July 16, 2014 at 10:19
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          @harryfabian: Harry we have to give the man a chance we are paying his wages so what is there to lose,if IH thinks Hoyte is worth the effort to let him prove himself then so be it.
          It also goes for Bywater,so to all those fans that booed Bywater last season if he does have to play please give both Hoyte and Bywater a chance.
          e

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      • July 16, 2014 at 17:42
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        @Peckhamlad: because some drama queens know better than H

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  • July 15, 2014 at 22:18
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    Proves how useless these friendlies are. 2 players injured already and both right backs. Even though nobody rates Hoyte he seemed to be playing okay until his injury. If they don't recover for the start of the season it looks as though Dunne will be starting at right back. Gueye and Griffiths seem to impress so we could have the winger we are looking for and backup for Malone at left back. Now all we need s a decent striker NOT FULLER PLEASE!!!

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  • July 15, 2014 at 22:21
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    So much for the boot camp and new fitness regime. Still a win is a win I guess!

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  • July 15, 2014 at 22:24
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    Meant to add it's interesting that McDonald wasn't used.

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  • July 15, 2014 at 22:24
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    Briggs looks a baller...... Looked classy. Would love to see us get him.

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    • July 15, 2014 at 23:05
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      @les the lion: totally agree with you there... Malone will be lucky to get in the squad over Briggs and why did Malone look so tired after 5 mins?? The lad from Everton was a different class aswell, stronger on the left side than the central role he adopted later tho! Glad to say that Jimmy was a different player today, one touch football , through balls, forwards runs!! He will shock a lot of people strong performance... Right back and a good striker major worries.. Marquis looked average again and Nelson looked uncomfortable when he came on!! Few minor changes and we will be laughing!! Buzzing for Leeds, can't come quick enough

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      • July 15, 2014 at 23:53
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        @taz1987: first half, Ollie seemed to play 4 at the back, deep midfielder dropped and picked the ball up from the centre back position, allowing brie full backs to push on.... Worked very well. Second half was completely different style, longer diagonal balls from deep. Nelson, O'Brien and Powell looked out if their depth fir now.. loaned out again... Not a fan but marques looked ok holding the ball up, but only against non league defence... Well see

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        • July 16, 2014 at 07:21
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          @les the lion: I thought that myself the team looked a lot more fluid in the first half, wasn't too sure if it was the personnel or the way we shaped up! Be interesting to see how Gregory fairs against Stevenage didn't really get into it last night. Agree with Marquis I like him but he has to raise his game soon but he could be moulded into that target man Olly wants

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          • July 16, 2014 at 10:24
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            @denslions: Is there any truth in the rumour mcdonald and eatser had a big punch up in portugal.

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          • July 16, 2014 at 10:30
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            @taz1987: taz you could be correct about marquis,as i did wonder why ollie gave him another year on his contract.

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          • July 16, 2014 at 17:45
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            @taz1987: he thought I'll give him another year he can't be that bad two years running. Sorry H your wrong.

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    • July 16, 2014 at 20:15
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      @les the lion: Just to say that my mate's a fulham fan but apart from that has a pretty good eye for a player and unfortunately he says that, and I quote, "Briggsy is crap, I'm afraid. Not bad going forward but poor positional play, which isn't good in a left back." Now we can make our own judgments if he joins us but I'm a bit worried that a lad who was the youngest ever PL player has made just 30 league appearances by the age of 23. Now admittedly that's at a higher level and Fulham did play him in their European campaign, but his loans haven't worked out particularly well on paper. Let's see - maybe he's a better bet for left wing where apparently he's also played. Besides, I think Malone had an excellent season last year overall if not totally consistently, so we might see Briggs more as cover and competition rather than first choice. Let's wait and see if he even joins us!

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  • July 15, 2014 at 23:31
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    Typical preseason fare, never really got above walking pace most of the time, but very confident knocking the ball around.

    Gueye the pick of the bunch, obviously wanted to be seen, ran around like a blue-arsed fly, bit erratic with finish/final ball though, but looks exactly Ollie's type of wideman.

    I have to also mention Jimmy and Easter, looked to be the most fit and motivated in the squad.
    Neither really good enough to be in the first team, but as examples of effort and dedication they are very valuable squad members. Great examples for the younger players too.

    Everyone else did well enough, suprisingly even Hoyte... before he got injured.
    Edwards injury is a big worry... stupid friendlies.

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    • July 16, 2014 at 09:12
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      @Garrick: "Bit erratic with finish and final ball" he should fit in well with the others then. I was hoping we would sign someone who isn't erratic and could actually get a shot on target.

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  • July 16, 2014 at 01:02
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    Trust Holloway. All of you who can get down to the DEN on the 9th, that will tell us where we are after a 2-0 win. A win away at Fulham as well and we go from there. TRUST.

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  • July 16, 2014 at 04:07
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    PATIENCE GENTLEMEN PLEASE

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  • July 16, 2014 at 06:14
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    1-0 against dartford...drew with faversham...bloody waste of time & money watching friendlies..cos i remember one year when we played 1st & 2nd division oppo and beat them all...then had a bad season..so pre season results dont allways mirror your coming season

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    • July 16, 2014 at 08:19
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      @Jim28: jim you never know easter might come good by christmas.

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    • July 16, 2014 at 17:46
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      @Jim28: Germany where crap in their friendlies leading up to the World Cup.

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  • July 16, 2014 at 09:36
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    I thought the 1st half was quite good, fullbacks pushing on and Briggs looks good. Webster was a worry for me, as he's massive and hardly won a header against a smaller striker. I'm sorry if I missed something but I though Jimmy was poor, nervous on the ball as usual and against a better team would have really struggled. A mixture of 1st half and 2nd half teams will be quite strong. The long cross field balls didn't work either except for a couple that dropped to Malone. Still can't see where the goals are going to comer from. Def not Marquis who missed a sitter even though he was offside. Just another thing, Lee Martin has got to stop thinking he's the new Messi and get his head down, looked way to arrogant for me.

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  • July 16, 2014 at 09:37
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    Marquis was poor held the ball up well but his positioning and finishing were awful. i liked O'Brien when he cam on seemed to get stuck in. Briggs looked good positioning was a bit off in defense but solid going forward (although he looked a bit unfit). Need to see more of Gregory but he did chase the ball down well and had a good work rate.

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  • July 16, 2014 at 09:51
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    The reason for friendlies is to get match fit, which is very different from hard training sessions. Injuries can happen at any time, so not sure why people are slagging off the ideas of friendly matches.

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    • July 16, 2014 at 10:36
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      @beedoscores: beedo i totally agree with what you say,perhaps we should wrap all the players in cotton wool,and only un-wrap them on the day of a match,then when the same players are not match fit the same people will moan about the lack of match fitness.

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    • July 16, 2014 at 17:48
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      @beedoscores: both players would have been pulled really early as well.

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  • July 16, 2014 at 10:13
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    To be honest lets face it majority of players wont be giving it 100% in friendlys because of potential injuries, fatigue and because lack of motivatiom to play teams like dartford. I dont take no notice of these results. Agree with most though we need another striker. I can roll with experience but not pleased about fuller. I think our general squad is capable but putting the ball in the net could still be a problem this season..

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  • July 16, 2014 at 10:21
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    Id rather win 1-0 against dartford then 16-0 against a pub team

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    • July 16, 2014 at 10:32
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      @Millwall_Rich: But at least 16-0 would mean we had someone who new where the goal was and could actually put the ball there.

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  • July 16, 2014 at 10:52
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    I'm just going to put it out there, that i think Easter might surprise a few people this season and bang in a few goals.

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    • July 16, 2014 at 11:34
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      @wolla5: At this moment in time anyone banging in a few goals would surprise me.

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  • July 16, 2014 at 11:08
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    Was at the match thought the Everton kid Gueye and the Psg player looked ok wont get carried away it was Dartford .. Lee martin needs to stop talking and deliver this season Webster when not scaring strikers will be in the car park bare knuckle boxing ( Lump ) he looked good the electrician impressed me although the quote he gave me at half time was outrageous .. put himself about and had some quality touches and our number 23 might have been Sid Nelson I thought was fantastic .
    also loved the fact Ih made the lads come back out at the end and run about in them chest monitors that looked like sports bras .... quality

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  • July 16, 2014 at 11:21
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    So still no news on a new striker....!!!! IH didn't contact me re coming back for 1k a week like I stated in an earlier post....33 year old, unfit striker but willing to play for my mighty MILLWALL......

    Joking aside, Seems like IH tried a few things out with 25 different players playing.... do think we maybe should have put a few more in the back of the net but don't forget these guys (Everton & PSG guys) may not have much time to gel with the team and maybe hit up 1 or 2 trainings before playing again so it will look at little disjointed.

    I disagree with not giving 100% at trial games...these guys should be fighting for positions in the starting 11......not walking around just because they are playing a conference team....

    These guys should have banged in 5 or 6 goals then everyone would be saying WOW........ lets see what the next few pre season games come up with as im shore IH will have his starters in mind already. If the Everton guy looked OK but just didn't bang the ball in the back of the net in his 1st 45 mins of playing with some the team lets not be too harsh........... It seems nobody else is on the horizon except for Fuller.....then maybe with only a few weeks left to before the season starts lets get sign him up, get him training and start building the team to blast Leeds back up the motorway on day 1 of the league and show all these doubter's that the mighty Millwall is on the rise again with the Magical (also known as Nutter) IH in charge......COME ON WALL.................

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  • July 16, 2014 at 12:04
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    Expected us to walk all over Dartford in the 2nd half (with mostly our A team) and with a little bit more composure I reckon we would've done a bit better overall. Just felt it all needed to be slowed down a bit - which is difficult because they're all trying to give the best account of themselves in 45mins or less....
    Thought on the whole though, that every player looked pretty sharp, fitness wise - Easter and Fred stood out for me in pace and N'Gueye showed good effort. Not good to see both Edwards AND Hoyte injured - hopfully not too serious - Dunne back in RB..??
    With a bit of tweaking to the A team of the 2nd half and a full 90mins to really get into the flow of a match - I reckon we're not far off a decent side.
    Looking forward to the Mallorca game at the den as that should be the closest representation of where the team is at as a whole - with fewer changes and a full 90mins. Hopefully it'll be a good turnout for that as well - a few light ales and some Friday night football... lovely jubbly! COYL.

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