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Beevers: Millwall are determined to prove doubters wrong

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MARK Beevers says Millwall are determined to silence their critics this season.

The Lions have been tipped for relegation by the bookies but kicked off their Championship campaign with a comfortable 2-0 victory over Leeds United on Saturday.

And Beevers, who opened the scoring at The Den after just eight minutes, believes Millwall can prove their doubters wrong by going "all the way" under manager Ian Holloway.

"The sky is the limit in my opinion," said Beevers after putting Leeds to the sword.

"We've got the players in the squad to go all the way. The manager has been saying as we came into the dressing room that we are second favourites to go down.

"That's disrespectful to be honest with what the manager has done at his previous clubs and the players we've got down here.

"We have got some really good players so I don't see why we are second favourites to go down.

"But we can just answer those people who have put us in that category by winning games and playing well, which is what we did on Saturday.

"But we've done nothing so far, we've won one game and we've got to take it into the next one and progress from there."

Beevers converted Lee Martin's right-wing delivery to put Millwall in front against their rivals from Yorkshire before Shaun Williams converted a late penalty to seal victory.

"I don't get many like that to be fair," the defended added. "It was just nice to score.

"I've been down here for three years now and I've only score one other goal – in my first game down against Crystal Palace.

"That was a massive goal but it is nice to get one down at The Den in front of a great crowd.

"I thought it was going to be the winner but Shaun stepped up and got the penalty.

"It is nice to get that two-goal cushion and it looked as though we were getting the three points as soon as Shaun put that in.

"On a personal note it was really good to score.

"I think the boys played really well. All pre-season we've worked really hard. The manager has come in and he has got a style of play which he wants in install into the players.

"The lads have taken it on well and we've shown that.

"People think about Millwall as long ball but the boys have shown today that we can pass it around as well, we can do both sides of the game.

"We've got Ricardo Fuller up top with Lee Gregory who can get hold of it and win a ball in the air, but we've also got players who can pass it around.

"It was a good performance but it was more important to get three points on the board."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

69 thoughts on “Beevers: Millwall are determined to prove doubters wrong

  • August 11, 2014 at 10:15
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    If anyone has entered the Football League fantasy Football league there is a min-league called "The Lions Den" passweord "Noonelikesus" if you are interested.
    I think Mark Beevers is right - we have been totally underestimated and I also think Lee Gregory can be another Steve Morrison and score a lot of goals but he needs to be on the pitch, not on the bench.

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    • August 11, 2014 at 12:01
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      @Profiler4: Cheers bud will join the league. COYL.

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  • August 11, 2014 at 10:18
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    Great day, great start one down fourty-five to go. Let people and bookies think what they want, we've just got to go about our own business in our own way.

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  • August 11, 2014 at 10:30
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    Come on you lions , lets prove all the bookies wrong

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  • August 11, 2014 at 10:35
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    Bookies, schmookies, we don't care what they say. They just love to see us fail. I was well pleased with Saturdays performance, the strength on the bench was excellent as well. If we can get Gregory fireing who knows.

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    • August 11, 2014 at 11:15
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      @Lincolnshire Lion: after the last 2 seasons we've had .they were never gunna make us favoites to get promoted..beevers has only got the hump cos he cant lay a bet LOL

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  • August 11, 2014 at 10:44
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    The underdog tag suits us fine, we do need another front man though. Young loanee could be good.

    Methinks once the lad Gregory starts scoring, he won't stop.

    COYL.

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  • August 11, 2014 at 10:47
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    We are second favourites to go down?
    Well...don't mind them, but look and go!

    COYL!!!

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  • August 11, 2014 at 10:52
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    Don't worry about the bookies just means I'll get more money when were promoted

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  • August 11, 2014 at 10:57
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    couldnt give a flying duck what the bookies think we are on the move......

    IOIT

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  • August 11, 2014 at 11:06
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    Now sixth favorites to go down.

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  • August 11, 2014 at 11:20
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    So we might be getting don't by the fa for the saville songs. Cheers holloway

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    • August 11, 2014 at 12:13
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      @Tayls: if this is the case wot about norwich racsist chanting or is the FA gonna forget that

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    • August 11, 2014 at 12:29
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      @Tayls: Why keep blaming the wrong people, if the idiot fans who go over the top {throwing bottles,racist or abusive chanting} were a bit more responsible and behaved in a sensible way problem's solved.
      It is better IH highlights the problem than other people because then we can at least claim to be tackling the problem our self.
      You wont agree Tayls because you have a warped way of looking at thing's.

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      • August 11, 2014 at 13:00
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        @jim1222: 42 dislikes (At the time of writing) You do know your on a Millwall supporter forum? There was about 50% of the stadium singing the saville song. There was no swearing in it, nor was there any insinuation that Savile was guilty of what he has been accused of. They were merely stating that Savile was one of their own.........which he was.........a Leeds fan!

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        • August 11, 2014 at 13:09
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          @Windy: I know i am on a supporter's web site.and as a supporter i have more than likely supported millwall far longer than you,and invested more time and money into millwall than you.so dont come the supporter bit with .

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          • August 11, 2014 at 13:59
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            @jim1222: Lets not compare dicks Jim, you might come up a bit short. And for the record, I don't think we should be comparing the Savile song with racist remarks or bottles being thrown which is something that clearly needs stamping out. BUT Holloway and supporters like you are throwing the whole Savile thing out of proportion. If you have been supporting Millwall as long as you say you have then you would know that the Savile song bares no comparison to what does and what has been sang in the past and dare I what will be sung in the future. ITS BANTER!!! I'm sure we will get it about Frank Maloney story........

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          • August 11, 2014 at 14:03
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            @jim1222: Anyway Jim lets not fall out about this "Stronger Together" and all that...

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      • August 11, 2014 at 13:09
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        @jim1222: {throwing bottles,racist chanting.these things didn't happen.at the leeds game ...i fort i better clear that up just in case reporters read your post

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        • August 11, 2014 at 19:31
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          @Jim28: "Fort" is an abbreviation for "fortification". Don't mention it, really - always a pleasure.

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          • August 11, 2014 at 19:48
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            @SE14: thanks

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      • August 11, 2014 at 19:37
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        @jim1222: I like your points Jim1222. I am not sure if the negative voting is coming from a 1-person-1-vote or a 1-person-10+-accounts though. They'll get bored of our morality soon enough so stick with it.

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    • August 11, 2014 at 13:03
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      @Tayls: No mate, you're the w*****!

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    • August 11, 2014 at 14:01
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      @Tayls:
      I've seen some of your posts and get a feeling you aren't over struck on Ollie, if that's the case you are entitled to your opinion, I quite like the fella but I agree with you, he needs to look after the details on the pitch and with the squad, he can spout all his funny quotes when talking about the game (Van Gogh, ugly birds etc) but he will dig a very deep whole very quickly if he starts moaning about the songs.
      As someone else has said there was no swearing, no condoning sex offences, just making a reference to Saville supporting the same team as them.

      I cant speak for you all but I'm pretty sure that most people find the alleged crimes disgusting and feel terrible for the victims and the families, but that does not hide the fact that he supported Leeds.

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    • August 11, 2014 at 18:59
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      @Tayls: if we get done so should Leeds there song about saville was a lot worse than ours. If u didn't hear it. It went he f**** who likes jimmy saville he f**** who he likes.

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      • August 11, 2014 at 19:54
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        @block 28: i heard the northern scum singing this.but we'll probably get the blame for tbat.

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  • August 11, 2014 at 11:57
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    Look, f*** them all. The end of last season was something il remember forever, the feeling after the qpr game ,f***** hell it was nuts!!! A real achievement when it looked like it would all turn to s*** and now an opportunity to build something special. There's no going back, work hard play smart and make this happen.

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  • August 11, 2014 at 12:12
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    Great day Saturday , what Saturdays were made for , congratulations to all Ollie, the PLayers & the fans plus backroom staff, totally bodes well for the future. As for one of the favourites to go down (well on Friday we were) speaks volumes to the people who dont know , you only had to look at what Ollie done to save us last season to know he has a magic wand & its being waved around SE16 at the moment , however thank you to the bookies ive got my bet on we'll make the top 6

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  • August 11, 2014 at 12:43
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    Liking the positive comments about Gregory but his first touch before he won the penalty was terrible, the ball was dropping to his left foot so he took it on his right and took the ball away from goal and he had to chase after it as it ran off with pace.
    Needs to work on that.

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    • August 11, 2014 at 17:29
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      @brooker: I don't think you can judge him on that one chance, he hadn't been in the pitch very long. He might bring that ball under control 99 times out of 100 and score, unfortunately, a lot of people are pinning their hopes on him and expect him to score every game. The chances will come and so will the goals

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      • August 11, 2014 at 17:40
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        @Milkyall: oh definitely more chances will come, just an observation on that one incident, personally i thought he was gonna control with his left foot bringing down onto his right then smack it in for dream debut, his decision to take it on his right was an odd choice

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        • August 11, 2014 at 21:51
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          @brooker: It's what's comfortable I suppose, he's used to having more time and perhaps getting away with poor touches. We can't always make the correct the choices, especially in the heat of the moment. Anyway Leeds barely got out of their own half in the first 45! We'll be fine this year. Goals and confidence thrive on each other. Gregory will get there.
          COYL

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  • August 11, 2014 at 12:44
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    beevers my man of the match so well done mate keep it going.

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  • August 11, 2014 at 13:06
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    Yeah sorry but anyone backing Holloway over his comments on the Saville song is just a serious asslicker. IH allowed an opinion but compared to other chants, it was harmless. Glad Beevers is still here, our best center back and 100k was disrespectful from R'ham.

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    • August 11, 2014 at 13:23
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      @harryfabian: i agree .no one would want to gag olly.but like you say harry he completly got it wrong. & beevers lets have a lot more goals mate

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  • August 11, 2014 at 13:26
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    Getting back to things on the pitch great result lots of good performances. But sorry to say R Fuller didn't do it for me seems of the pace and in the air and always looking for the ref to give him a free kick !!!
    Hopefully R F will prove me wrong but with subs on we looked so much better team
    Just my thoughts but wondering what others thought
    Think it'll be a good season after last 2 years

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    • August 11, 2014 at 13:46
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      @southstand: I think Malone had another decent game. Not sure if he fancies throwing Briggs on against Fulham next week as i'm sure he has a point to prove against them but i'd stick with Scott until he has a bad game. Abdou made a couple of mistakes, if upson, chaplow and bailey are out the team he needs to make sure he plays solid games to keep his place.

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    • August 11, 2014 at 13:54
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      @southstand: yes agree lets get back to the pitch talk, think its hard to critise someone on their first performance for the club , but agree with you RF seemed lacking somewhat of pace , maybe wrong but were not going to get a Usain Bolt at 34yrs & think most young defenders will cope with him , like you Southstand hope he prooves us both wrong , but all in all a great team performance.

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  • August 11, 2014 at 13:57
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    I thought they all played well for most of the game but ran out of steam a bit towards the end of each half, although Easter and Sparky added some energy. Abdou gave the ball away to much for me and was the only weak link, although I do wonder how well Dunne will cope with pace.

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    • August 11, 2014 at 14:13
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      @junkmale: I would like to see Easter and Gregory start together tomorrow in a 4-4-2 with the same defence and midfield (taking out McDonald as we will have 2 forwards on and wont need an attacking midfielder on) just no height up front with those 2 so will have to play good balls on the floor through the defence and let em run at them.

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      • August 11, 2014 at 16:04
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        @brooker: it'll never happen H has never played 4-4-2 it's a fossils game. The new system keeps us tight and the top three can all attack.

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  • August 11, 2014 at 14:51
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    You say you know what this club is about Olly you clearly don't no one singing on Saturday (three quarters of the ground ) condones paedophilia or anything that evil mad did , the leeds fans were much more concerned by the performance of their team and the worry of what the new owner may do to their beloved club than there were in songs aimed against them .
    Most Millwall fans are hard working open minded people (not racist ) ( not homophobic ) with a special south London sense of humour but like all clubs we have our fair share of idiots .
    So for you to make such a big deal out of this feeding the hate the media already shows us is at best naïve in future please think before you talk as we should all be talking about what fantastic things you are doing for our club and not this non story
    On a lighter note I for one will welcome Kellie Maloney back to our club and looking at the pictures in the mirror she will be one of the more feminine looking girls that support our club .

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    • August 11, 2014 at 15:13
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      @mfc2u: she's one of our own, she's one of our own, she used to be Franky, she's one of our own.

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      • August 11, 2014 at 16:45
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        I hope we sing that at Fulham on Saturday ,,,quality @brooker:

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    • August 11, 2014 at 16:46
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      @mfc2u:

      I would shag it

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        • August 11, 2014 at 19:51
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          @mfc2u: Actually think it would show a backing to Kellie Maloney very very brave thing to do from someone who is one of our own. Good luck to you Kellie.

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          • August 12, 2014 at 00:25
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            couldn't agree more must have been a very difficult thing to deal with @lennie the lion:

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  • August 11, 2014 at 14:55
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    I disagree Brooker. The league is far more important than this mickey mouse cup. We wont win it so its a good opportunity for Ollie to see how his peripheral players perform and blood some youngsters too. We need fit players for the championship campaign.

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    • August 11, 2014 at 15:11
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      @wallchef: I'm happy to blood the youngsters too, I think this cup is the ideal time for opportunities to try plans B C or D, whether that is trying new players or new formations, or the youngsters. I would just like to see something different tomorrow night.

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  • August 11, 2014 at 15:59
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    My team for Fulham away.... 4-2-3-1 again
    Forde
    Edwards-Dunne-Beevers-Malone
    Williams-Bailey (Thought Abdou did okay, but Bailey keeps the ball better and is a lot more vocal with the back 4)
    Woolford-McDonald-Martin (Possibly Gueye if he's fit to start)
    Fuller (Want to see Gregory play so i'd 100% bring him on, but i think for a tough away game, you need as much as experience as possible, so would start with Fuller)

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    • August 11, 2014 at 16:05
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      @James_SE16: apparently it was a 4-1-4-1 but looked more like a back three to me.

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      • August 11, 2014 at 16:09
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        @Lincolnshire Lion: Yeah mate it was almost 3 center backs and 2 wing backs. With Williams filling in as the 3rd center back when we have the ball. But i think the initial formation is a 4-2-3-1, adapted with and without the ball so it's always changing.

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  • August 11, 2014 at 16:11
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    For now okie is still in the good books with most fans because of last season. But he's gotta be careful any more comments like that and he may not be able to win us back over. I think his intentions are good but hes just gotta bite his tongue think before he speaks and realise the fans aren't condoning paedophiles but the fact this scum originated from Leeds aswell as the Yorkshire ripper the Shannon Mathews creeps and for all we know Jack the Ripper might of been from Leeds. And we was a lot more subdued because no Istanbul chants which are abit overkill and I was impressed with holloway at the fans forum but hes turned a sweet Saturday abit sour for me.

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    • August 11, 2014 at 16:26
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      @spartacus: I don't think Holloway was suggesting Millwall fans condone paedophilia. It is crazy to take that from what he said. He was making the point that what Saville did to all those kids was not a joke, not funny. Saville hurt a lot of people and it is disrespectful to the people he hurt and their families to turn it into a joke.
      To say 'Holloway doesn't understand Millwall fans' is totally wrong - there were about 10% of the ground (if that) singing the Saville chant. The rest of us (i.e. the MAJORITY) were sitting there cringing in embarassment.
      However, I will concede that it was an own goal to make a meal of this as it would probably have gone unremarked by the media if he hadn't said anything.

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      • August 11, 2014 at 17:33
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        @junkmale: was a hell of alot more than 10% of ground and yes ill admit the turkey stuff is cringey overkill but the saville stuff is designed to make then cringe to the fact that predator was in thier midst for so long as one of thier own and they should be embarrassed to have ever been associated with him. And furthermore football can be a massive mind game not just between managers but players and fans aswell a game we won that has now been overshadowed by ollies PR own goal.

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  • August 11, 2014 at 17:23
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    I cant agree with 10% singing, it sounded like 50% were singing it, regardless of how many, Holloway has managed to make this subject overshadow a decent opening game against one of our fiercest rivals.

    Well done Wall, you did us proud. 3 points 2 goals and a clean sheet. worked hard for each other and looked like a decent team. will be tougher tests this season than Leeds and Leeds will be better at Elland Road, I'd take a point at Fulham ( a win will be better) but if you lose, lose fighting.

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    • August 11, 2014 at 20:41
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      @brooker: what,s more disrespectful is when leeds taunt man u with the munich chant. so giving them some back won't hurt em! ollie keep yer trap shut !!

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  • August 11, 2014 at 17:25
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    Not sure if anybody is aware of this chant from the Leeds fans which puts our mocking in prospective.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cwk_hSVnlIc funny not reported in the press?

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    • August 11, 2014 at 20:46
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      @lennie the lion: post it to ollie, let him go on one of his crusades! i ucking hate those northern c…..unts

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  • August 11, 2014 at 18:25
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    I said this on the other link but i dont think it was the he's one of your own chant that is the problem, the east upper were singing something all afternoon , i couldnt hear it from block 4 but im guessing it wasnt silent night

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      • August 11, 2014 at 23:26
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        @thecolumbusblock: I think your referring to jimmy saville f***** mum he's your father.

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        • August 12, 2014 at 06:59
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          @block 28: the leeds song about savile was ten times worse than ours but nobodies having a pop at those northern scum.

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  • August 12, 2014 at 07:26
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    Alanmfc85 lets clear up this jimmy saville s*** the song just state's that he came from Yorkshire it does not have any swearing in it and it does not mention any of the abused poor people in it I just cannot see why there making a big thing of it if there was aload of swearing in it and mentioned people who were abused by this sick man then I would be the first to condemn it it's been sung for the past couple of seasons now y has it all of a sudden a problem and the fa have to get involved as the saying goe no one likes us we don't care

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