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Report: Millwall 1-0 Real Mallorca

MILLWALL battled to a 1-0 victory over Real Mallorca in their final pre-season friendly of the summer courtesy of Jermaine Easter's first-half goal.

The Lions were given a competitive workout by the Spanish outfit as Ian Holloway's side completed their preparations for the 2014-15 campaign.

Manager Holloway fielded 24 of his players over the course of 90 minutes, with injuries to Nicky Bailey and Richard Chaplow the only black marks on an otherwise positive evening.

The first chance of the game fell Millwall's way in the fourth minute when Bailey sent a diving header narrowly wide of the near post from Lee Martin's corner.

Scott McDonald curled over the bar from a central position before summer signing Ricardo Fuller glanced a header straight into the keeper's arms.

Fuller went even closer to breaking the deadlock when he latched onto Jimmy Abdou's chipped pass and rifled wide from a tight angle in the 26th minute.

But the Lions opened the scoring on the half-hour mark when Easter's low shot deflected in, with Byron Webster possibly getting the decisive touch.

Martin then dispossessed Joao Victor on the edge of the Mallorca area but his rifled shot sailed over.

The first half ended on a sour note as Bailey was clattered by Abdon Prats and had to be substituted with a leg injury.

The midfielder hobbled down the tunnel with physio Bobby Bacic but it was unclear how serious the problem was.

Holloway made 11 substitutions at the break to ensure every member of his squad got some match action, but the changes led to a disjointed second half.

However, Aiden O'Brien shone in an advanced midfield role and it was his lofted pass that dropped to Martyn Woolford on the edge of the area, only for the winger's volley to be blocked.

That was arguably Millwall's best opening in the second period, although Lee Gregory sliced wide following Shaun William's raking diagonal pass into the striker's feet.

The visitors came close to levelling in the 90th minute when Thomas Brandon got goal-side of the Lions' back four, but he guided a first-time shot over the bar.

Millwall first half: Forde; Edwards, Webster, Dunne, Malone; Bailey (Powell), Abdou; Martin, McDonald, Easter; Fuller.

Millwall second half: Bywater; Siafa, Shittu, Beevers, Williams, Chaplow (Goodman), Wright, Gueye, O'Brien, Woolford, Gregory.

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

30 thoughts on “Report: Millwall 1-0 Real Mallorca

  • August 1, 2014 at 21:56
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    Alex I think you should start referring to Chaplow as 'tampax' from now on. Sooner he is off the wage bill the better. Good run out tonight. Mystery as to where Upson/Fred were. Hopefully Bailey's knock isn't serious.

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    • August 1, 2014 at 23:15
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      @harryfabian: At least a tampax is useful. Chaplow is about as useful as a horse with three legs ffs,

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  • August 1, 2014 at 22:03
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    Even though it's a trial, great news to win and look forward to hearing what you guys have got to say bout it. How did the big shitzuu go?? Scotty mac etc?? He gave a lot of players a run so all the better for next week.

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  • August 1, 2014 at 22:08
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    Good result, can't understand why Fred did not figure, surely he has to blood his youngsters?

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  • August 1, 2014 at 22:26
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    Thought we played well tonight was impressed with O brien and fuller showed a bit too put himself about and won a few headers

    Webster looks like a good sweeper and always looking for the pass not to belt it up field

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  • August 1, 2014 at 22:29
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    Do us all a favour ffs. Pay off Chaplow's contract.

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  • August 1, 2014 at 22:41
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    Does anyone know or have info on a boat that i've heard about going up to the fulham game. Would be better than the tube I think.

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  • August 1, 2014 at 22:53
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    Happy with what I saw tonight, star players for me were - Mcdonald, Maggie and Aiden - took defenders on and showed good skill. Good performance all round really, pretty much everybody looked sharp - the best thing about tonight for me - was that we didn't look under pressure at any point - Mallorca had 1 ball into the box - I think at 85mins and that looked a bit 'hit & hope'...
    I'd be happy with the line up chosen for the 1st half against Leeds... really hope Baileys injury isn't serious - he also looked particularly good before going off. They weren't half dirty b**tards!
    Buzzin for the Leeds game now - I reckon we've got enough there to really give em a tough afternoon - especially with the den packed to the rafters as well! Really hope 1 of our strikers can thrive in the atmosphere and bang in a couple - Fuller and Gregory both had good movement and touches tonight, but the finish wasn't there... scoring against Leeds would be a massive kick start for them.
    p.s. well done to Easter for sticking the winner away - deflected - but a solid shot all the same.. COYL!!!!!!!!!

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    • August 1, 2014 at 23:02
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      @Luke ColdBlow10: thanks mate, certainly looks a lot more hopeful than last season, thank f*** we stayed up!!

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  • August 1, 2014 at 23:06
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    And when are the club gunna bring out the " nobody likes/dislikes us " scarves?

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  • August 2, 2014 at 00:00
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    for those who couldn't make it, ...
    (tl;dr - lots of potential and effort, not many goals)

    Very confident display today, bossed the game from start to finish, excellent effort shown by all, team spirit clearly very high and they stood up for each other when it all got a bit heated.
    Our passing was excellent throughout, with Bailey, Webster Edwards and Malone standing out as orchestrating our possesion style in the first half.
    Chaplow, Williams and Woolford controlled the second half, but we lost something when Chaplow hobbled off injured.
    Despite being very comfortable in possession, and solid defensively, we created only 2 or 3 clear chances.

    No one had a bad game.... except maybe Bywater in 2nd half, who looked very hesitant coming for crosses and his kicking was very poor. Even he was relatively untroubled though.

    GKs
    Forde - Nothing to do, but he was calm and composed, sliced a couple of clearances when under pressure but otherwise faultless.
    Bywater - Very poor game, kicking was awful, and rushed of his line twice without getting close to the cross. Didn't want the ball played back to him which put pressure on defense in second half at times.

    DEF;
    Webster - looked completely at ease today, kept the ball moving across the back line, and showed speed and strength when needed.
    Beevers - had no issues at all, not as confident with the passing as Webster, but still very solid.
    Dunne - looked uneasy playing LCB against their best forward, and he struggled physically to challenge for headers, but he more than made up for any issues with 100% effort, tough tackling and he stamped our authority on a feisty first half, got the better of a tough match up and eventuallly marked his man out of the game.
    Shittu - Yes he is very slow, yes he takes 5 mins to get back from an attacking corner and yes it takes him too long to turn around, but my word did he dominate the Mallorca forwards in the second half.
    Not sure if he will get many games this season, or if he can even last 90mins anymore, but for 20 mins to see a game out, he's still got it.
    Williams - Much better in CM role, but a very solid defender at either CB or LB, he was yet again one of the best passer of a ball on the pitch today.
    Edwards - Typifies the word professional, never out of position, always wants the ball, constant communication. As good defensively as he is going forwards. Had a very good game.
    Malone - Full of energy and creativity, was offering an outlet every available chance he got, and was willing to pick the ball up and run at the defense. Got caught badly out of position when we lost possession which gave Mallorca their best chance in 1st half, but that''s more to do with the system and style of play Ollie wants than Malone himself doing anything wrong, imo.
    Siafa - Excellent game for the young man, very confident on the ball, his pace helped get Shittu out of trouble once or twice, and he combined with Gueye very well down the right hand side several times, good tackler too. Did make one mistake, with a weak pass to Shittu being intercepted leading to a chance, still very young, but looks to be a very good prospect.
    Goodman - comfortable experience for the lad, didn't look out of place, but not really tested. Promising potential.

    DCMs;
    Bailey - had an excellent game until injured, sitting in front of the defense, demanding the ball, spraying it around with confidence and being the central link to every move we made. Still not positive he can last 90mins though as he looked to be getting tired before his injury. On this display, will be a key player for us this season.
    Abdou - Never gives less than 100%, and did a lot of covering and tackling for Bailey and the CBs today, he makes people around him better, but he never really offers anything with the ball. Again today he was restricted to simple 5 yard passes, but he puts constant pressure on the ball, causing a few of our best chances with turnovers (including the goal). Was first into the pile to protect Bailey and Dunne several times today.
    Wright - very quiet, some solid tackles, and a few neat short passes, but always beaten in the air, and made no runs forward nor incisive passes, everything was backwards or sideways. No impact on the game. Unlike Jimmy, put no real pressure on the ball.
    Powell - Another one who looked comfortable, but wasn't really tested too hard. Some flashes of a very good player there though, handled the occasion well.
    Chaplow - Started out playing just as well as Bailey had in the same role first half, but walked off the pitch injured, again. Hopefully its a precaution, but so frustrating to see it happen in every game. Good player when not injured.

    LW, RW and AM (all players were pretty fluid and constantly exchanging positions.)
    McDonald - Good close control, and nice passing, but lacks pace and stature, solid game but no threat of scoring a goal.
    Easter - Lots of running the channels, which made up for Fuller and McDonald's lack of movement.
    Took his goal well, but didn't create much for others really.
    Martin - Very Patchy game, a few moments of sheer brilliance, but mostly uninvolved. Barely got wide or put a cross in all game, which effected Fuller's performance.
    Woolford - Very good game, without creating too many chances, Worked hard defensively, and won headers from goal kicks. Held the ball up well enough and had a few good runs, but never really threatened to score or create. Looked tired in last 10 mins.
    Gueye - Exciting on the ball, and fully committed when tackling, needs to get his head up a bit sooner though, as he ran into trouble trying to do too much with easy passes available. But bags of potential and energy, a key weapon off the bench in the first few games, once fit he could easily be a starter.
    Took a very heavy tackle which slowed him down a bit towards the end.
    O'Brien - Didn't do anything wrong, but didn't do anything great either, a promising sign from a young player that he didn't stand out as looking out of place, but obviously has a lot of developing left to do. Good in possession, and made a few clever runs that opened space for others.

    FWs
    Fuller - As advertised, big, strong, wins headers, holds the ball up, plays others in... no pace. Better passer than people give him credit for, looked good but had few chances, he was in the right place/right time to make the most of the half chances he got though.
    Gregory - Eager and energetic. Very willing to make runs in behind the defense, and was very closer three or four times to getting in on goal. Can hold the ball up and win headers as well.
    Didn't do well with his only clear chance though, got the shape all wrong and ballooned it over when it required finesse. Lots of potential, but needs to score early in the season to settle nerves.

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    • August 2, 2014 at 00:43
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      @Garrick: fantastic report mate! Best I've seen on NAD!

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    • August 2, 2014 at 01:30
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      @Garrick:

      Appreciate the effort mate , but could you brush up on the grammar before your next report. Your use/non use of the colon, and semi colon was erratic to say the least and put me off the read.

      Too much alliteration, and abbreviation, and your over use of third party adjective nouns was a real let down. I am guessing that 'Must Try Harder' figured a lot on your school reports. Plenty of scope for improvement and I expect to see major progress in your next offering........6 out of 10

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      • August 2, 2014 at 01:49
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        @tonytowneronthewing: professor tony towner ,that is fantastic! He,s gone the royal commission type of report and u,ve kept a lid right on it. It's early in the morning here and I'm loving this stuff. Cheers to a great season hopefully.

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        • August 2, 2014 at 01:58
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          @grassgrower: sorry, just to add he,s probably had to swallow a bex and have a kip after becoming so fatigued from penning such a document.

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    • August 2, 2014 at 09:21
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      @Garrick: better get used to no goals again this season with our forwards .

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    • August 2, 2014 at 10:37
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      Superb post, thanks for the effort mate.
      Tonytowner surely your reply was tongue in cheek, wasn't it??
      @Garrick:

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      • August 2, 2014 at 22:05
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        @SingleWhiteLion:
        of course it was tongue in cheek, a great appraisal by Garrick ....I must be honest I dont even know what a third party adjective noun is....Millwall supporters take two different guises i have seen over the years...they scowl their discontent or try and console themselves with a bit of humour....although I have my scowly moments I predominatly lean on humour to get me through....sorry to those who do not relate

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        • August 3, 2014 at 03:39
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          @tonytowneronthewing: you had me running off to google as well, it was a magical moment of reading! Congrats, what a f***** laugh!!! And as for Garrick, what an outstanding piece of research, I started reading it and thought, s***, this guys made a serious commitment!!! Great stuff!!!

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    • August 3, 2014 at 16:42
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      great post feels like I was there , sending my season ticket back and sending you my e mail @Garrick:

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  • August 2, 2014 at 02:07
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    IMO, the stand out performers in the 1st half were, Lee Martin, Scott Malone, Ricardo Fuller and Nicky Bailey and 2nd half were Aiden O'Brien, Josh Wright, Shaun Williams and Lee Gregory! Josh Wright impressed me, tidy passes and held the play well!

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    • August 2, 2014 at 10:03
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      @MillwallLad123: webster a notable emmision there, he was outstanding , a central defender with poise , genuine footballer

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  • August 2, 2014 at 08:35
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    I for one was really impressed with the club, I was going to say the team but with so many changes you can only look at individuals and how they play with those around them. Players were much more comfortable on the ball and seemed much more aware of what their job was which, as we are led to believe, we did not see a ‘starting eleven’ seems that everybody is ‘singing off the same hymn sheet’ (hate that expression but is the only thing I could think of).
    Although Gregory did not score he seemed to be in the right place around the area, I think he could be a real surprise this year, Jimmy looked really good in what I thought was a more advanced role, ‘Maggie’ showed why Ollie wanted to keep him secret, a real find. Also the first time I have seen some of the youngsters and I have never been so excited with what is coming through, well done Bomber and the rest of the coaching staff, as has been suggested I would not be at all upset if the Capital One side was made up with the bulk of U21 side. Went with my son for the first time since the Lomas era he was stunned by the difference in the way we play, especially first half.
    Looking forward to the season just hope Bailey is OK we are much better we him in the side, we could do with a settled team but as I said earlier it does seem that the players are now working as a team in a much more cohesive manner.

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  • August 2, 2014 at 09:23
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    Some great stuff on ere this morning!
    Who is Maggie though?
    Also is Powell from de yoofs?
    Leeds next week will be a different proposition, the WW tuesday may see some young blood to the fore then a difficult trip to Craven Cottage followed by an equally tout tuesday night away in sheffield!

    Reality will soon hit hard:)

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  • August 2, 2014 at 09:47
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    MAGGIE is who BIRCHHAM said they all call GUEYE. So MAGGIE it is

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  • August 2, 2014 at 09:54
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    You never know this year 'Maggie May', just be the one.

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  • August 2, 2014 at 09:59
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    Good work out against a half decent 2nd tier Spanish side. Can't wait for next Saturday now, 2-0 to the Lions!!

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  • August 2, 2014 at 10:41
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    Still have no answer to my question- what has happened to Fred? Has he gone on loan?

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