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McDonald to put "difficult" first year at Millwall behind him

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SCOTT McDonald has vowed to put a "difficult period" behind him and flourish in a new position this season.

McDonald, who has been earmarked for an attacking midfield role by boss Ian Holloway, admits his first year at the club left him feeling frustrated.

But he has welcomed the chance to make a fresh start under Holloway after clearing up an initial "misunderstanding" between the two of them.

"I'm really focused on putting last year behind me – the season started off okay for me, but it wasn't as good as I'd hoped it would be,” McDonald told the Southwark News.

"That goes for me personally and for the club as well. This year is a fresh start for everyone and I'm looking to take that with both hands."

McDonald, signed from Middlesbrough by former boss Steve Lomas, says he was disappointed by his goal return in 2013-14 – he scored three times in 34 appearances.

He said: "Like any striker, you live on your goals and if the goals aren't coming then it's frustrating – I was no different.

"I didn't play as many games in a row as I'd hoped – that was the key issue.

"When the manager came in, I had to adapt to a new position because I wasn't being played up front at all.

"At the time that wasn't easy for me to accept because every player wants to play in his natural position.

"And people still saw me as a goalscorer and a striker even though I was doing a different role.

"There's no question that I still want to get goals and that's part of my job.

"I'll make forward runs into the box whenever I can from deeper areas – but not scoring goals last year was a difficult period for me.

"The best way to describe what happened last season would be as a misunderstanding.

"Ollie and I didn't know each other and the manager thought differently about me then compared to what he thinks now.

"I needed to show him my commitment, which for me has never been in doubt, but when a new manager comes in and the team is under pressure he wants to see who's with him.

"There's been no problem there and I've really enjoyed working with Ollie. He's a very good manager and we're very lucky to have him."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

13 thoughts on “McDonald to put "difficult" first year at Millwall behind him

  • August 8, 2014 at 12:57
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    I think you came across as a bit sulky.
    You frustrated the life out of me sometimes when you failed to play the simple ball and didn't get your head up enough and constantly ran into trouble and lost the ball in dangerous areas.
    No doubt you can be a decent player for us but I personally think on your big wages you owe us a big season.
    Good luck.

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    • August 8, 2014 at 13:08
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      @wall2wall: Start by running, chasing and scoring more goals then you did last season. We wanna win more than we lose this season. So come on S.McD get on with it!

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      • August 8, 2014 at 13:18
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        @BUSHWACKER14:
        Exactly right.
        Get on with it McDonald and show us what a good player you are.

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  • August 8, 2014 at 13:09
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    I like McDonald, bags a of talent.

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  • August 8, 2014 at 13:46
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    You'll get no sympathy from us lions fans, start doing the business on the pitch, justify your huge salary, you moany git !!!

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  • August 8, 2014 at 14:44
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    I just cant wait for this season now! Something to do on a saturday!! Only so much shopping with the girlfriend you can put up with

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  • August 8, 2014 at 15:18
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    Quality quality player who Holloway NEEDS to gt the best out of. Waste of a brilliant player otherwise. So much talent technically. Can even pick out passes better than some of our CMs haha

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  • August 8, 2014 at 17:19
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    Lazy moaning t***** and a wage snatcher. Like to have seen him gone in the close season. Head goes down too quickly when no-one picks up his comfort blanket for him. He's staying, so for me, has got a lot to prove to justify that huge salary. Not Millwall.

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  • August 8, 2014 at 19:47
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    everyone deserves a second chance i suppose! pick ya self up then crack on and the rest will fall into place. you need to be a big character to wear a wall shirt, let's hope you have enough to prove us wrong.

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  • August 8, 2014 at 23:25
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    Score

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  • August 9, 2014 at 04:25
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    Your in gods country Scotty m, suck it up and prove ya worth mate, you are a long time gone once it's over so make every post a winner from here on and enjoy every minute. No better place on the planet to enjoy ya work! Best wishes and cut some defences to shreds.

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